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Then She Found Me (original 1990; edition 1991)

by Elinor Lipman

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Title:Then She Found Me
Authors:Elinor Lipman
Info:Washington Square Press (1991), Paperback, 307 pages
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An interesting, even compelling story. In a nutshell, April was born in 1952 to a 17-year old mother and adopted by German immigrants. She is smart and educated, but has a nice, quiet life. She has never desired to know her birth parents. However, at the age of 36, after her adoptive parents have died, her eccentric birth mother arrives, ready to be the perfect mother.

April is a Latin teacher and her birth mother, Bernice, is the host of a local talk show. She fancies herself the celebrity and can't understand why April doesn't instantly and completely accept her as her mother. She's eccentric, flamboyant and intrusive and at first, a compulsive liar who tells April that her birth father is John F. Kennedy. However, Bernice also means well and, as the story unfolds, she manages to become part of April's life.

While there seems to be equal treatment to the adoptive parents and the birth parents, the tone of the novel suggests that the birth parents are always the real parents. It wasn't until the end, when April is talking to Jack that you see appreciation for the adoptive parents.

There is some vulgarity and liberal use of the "F" word, which as always, doesn't make the story any better, just disappointing.

Helen Hunt has made a film based on this story and I was looking forward to seeing it. However, the film is rated R, which means I won't see it, and it is also significantly different than the book. As far as I can tell, the only things that are the same in the film are April and Bernice, and the adoption story. It does look interesting though.

I expected more from this novel, but it was a good read. ( )
  2kidsandtired | Aug 2, 2016 |
An interesting, even compelling story. In a nutshell, April was born in 1952 to a 17-year old mother and adopted by German immigrants. She is smart and educated, but has a nice, quiet life. She has never desired to know her birth parents. However, at the age of 36, after her adoptive parents have died, her eccentric birth mother arrives, ready to be the perfect mother.

April is a Latin teacher and her birth mother, Bernice, is the host of a local talk show. She fancies herself the celebrity and can't understand why April doesn't instantly and completely accept her as her mother. She's eccentric, flamboyant and intrusive and at first, a compulsive liar who tells April that her birth father is John F. Kennedy. However, Bernice also means well and, as the story unfolds, she manages to become part of April's life.

While there seems to be equal treatment to the adoptive parents and the birth parents, the tone of the novel suggests that the birth parents are always the real parents. It wasn't until the end, when April is talking to Jack that you see appreciation for the adoptive parents.

There is some vulgarity and liberal use of the "F" word, which as always, doesn't make the story any better, just disappointing.

Helen Hunt has made a film based on this story and I was looking forward to seeing it. However, the film is rated R, which means I won't see it, and it is also significantly different than the book. As far as I can tell, the only things that are the same in the film are April and Bernice, and the adoption story. It does look interesting though.

I expected more from this novel, but it was a good read. ( )
  2kidsandtired | Aug 2, 2016 |
an entertaining read, quite amusing. all dialogue -- which can be quite funny and wry -- and plot development. however, the plot and themes are a bit formulaic and predictable. find the hype about this book (from the book jacket) astounding and quite at odds to my reaction. ( )
  amaraki | Dec 26, 2015 |
In a nutshell: April Epner is a very single high school Latin teacher. All her life she has known she was adopted as a newborn. She had a good relationship with her Holocaust survivor parents and never really questioned her birth parents. What she didn't know until she was in her 30s is that her biological mother is none other than Bernice Graverman, star of her own over-the-top talk show: Bernice G! When Bernice takes over April's life by storm with her gaudy jewelry, loud outfits, glitzy lifestyle and overly aggressive matchmaking schemes April barely questions Bernice's authenticity as her biological mother. I found that really odd. Instead, April allows Bernice to constantly call her at work, butt into her personal life, and wreak havoc - all for the sake of being the mom Bernice says she always knew she could. The entire time I was reading Then She Found Me I wanted to know why April & Bernice didn't apply for DNA testing. HLA & PCR tests were both available in the 90s. It definitely comes up when April's biological father comes back into the picture. ( )
  SeriousGrace | Oct 20, 2015 |
Book about a birth mother that finds her adult daughter and the relationship that ensues. ( )
  autumnesf | Feb 25, 2011 |
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April Epner teaches high school Latin, wears flannel jumpers, and is used to having her evenings free. Bernice Graverman brandishes designer labels, favors toad-sized earrings, and hosts her own tacky TV talk show: Bernice G! But behind the glitz and glam, Bernice has followed the life of the daughter she gave up for adoption thirty-six years ago. Now she's ready to be Mother of the Year-and sh'es hurtling straight toward April's quiet little life.
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Meet April Epner, the serious, scholarly, adopted daughter of two equally staid parents. They die, but April finds that she's far from orphaned when her birth mother, Bernice Graverman, comes to claim April's heart and improve her wardrobe and love life, too. April is a Latin teacher, given to wearing flannel jumpers. Bernice is hostess of a third-rate daytime talk show and wears designer labels and toad-sized earrings. She descends upon April's quiet life with the tact of a size-six locust, and the delightful and surprising results of this unlikely reunion will keep you turning pages long after bedtime.

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April Epner teaches high school Latin, wears flannel jumpers, and is used to having her evenings free. Bernice Graverman brandishes designer labels, favors toad-sized earrings, and hosts her own tacky TV talk show: Bernice G! But behind the glitz and glam, Bernice has followed the life of the daughter she gave up for adoption thirty-six years ago. Now that she's got her act together, she's aiming to be a mom like she always knew she could. And she's hurtling straight for April's quiet little life.… (more)

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