Wednesday, June 8, 2011



                      MY MOTHERS LOVER by DAVID DOBBS Review

David Dobbs, a science, culture, and nature writer, learns of his mother’s deeply harbored feelings when she utters the name “Angus” on her deathbed. The Kindle Single My Mother’s Lover tells of Dobbs’s pursuit to learn the full story of his mother's passionate and haunting affair five decades in the past. Tragically, Angus’s life, and her one indulgence in true love, were cut short in a World War II plane crash. The loss for Dobbs’s mother echoed sorrow for decades as she moved on with ersatz lovers and spouses and only in the end decided to own, or at least expose, her wounds and misgivings. The story, which touches multiple families, offers an explanation for how “everyone ended up married to somebody they wished was somebody else.” In uncovering and unraveling his family’s secrets, Dobbs draws out a heartrending narrative arc without sentimentality. His capable writing renders the deep ironies of his family secrets tangible and captivating. --Paul Diamond

Product Description

On her deathbed, David Dobbs's mother Evelyn Jane revealed a secret she'd kept for 60 years about the man she had truly loved, and lost. His name was Norman "Angus" Zahrt, a married World War II flight surgeon with whom she'd engaged in a secret love affair, just before he deployed to the Pacific and disappeared. Intrigued by his mother's hidden longing, Dobbs embarked on a reporter's quest to uncover Zahrt's fate, and that of his family. The story he returned with, available as a Kindle Single from The Atavist, is an extraordinary tale of love, war, and how we confront the lost chances in our lives.

David Dobbs writes features and essays for publications including The Atlantic, the New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Wired, and The Guardian. Several of his stories have been chosen for leading science anthologies; most recently, his much-discussed feature for The Atlantic, "The Orchid Children," for Ecco/HarperPerennial's Best American Science Writing 2010. He is now writing his fourth book, The Orchid and the Dandelion (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), which explores the genetics of temperament--and the idea that the genes underlying some of our most troublesome traits and behaviors also generate some of our greatest strengths and accomplishments.

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