Daughter Mine

A Novel

Herbert Gold

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Dan Shaper, bachelor, translator for the San Francisco courts, is a man who has worn the same raincoat for fifteen years, eats the same breakfast in the same coffeeshop every morning, occasionally sees a few long-time men friends and vaguely regrets a handful of former women lovers. In the sixties and seventies, Shaper was where the action was, (San Francisco, where else?) and joined in the festivities, if moderately. But that was a long time ago.

There are those who have drug flashbacks, even years after they've been using. Shaper has escaped those, thanks to his moderation. But into his relatively Spartan life now comes a flashback of another kind - a nineteen-year-old daughter whose existence he never suspected. Her mother was an overnight acquaintance whom with some effort he manages, barely, to recall. The daughter's name is Amanda, and her phone call sends Shaper's drab-gray existence into dazzling Technicolor.

Amanda arrives trailing a motley band of associates: a con man who explains his activities on his gypsy heritage, except that he may not have one; his blatantly seductive daughter; Amanda's boyfriend, D'Wayne, a streetsmart and (usually) genial black giant. The con man owns what he has named The Yerba Buena Foundation, dedicated to helping businessmen relieve stress; his daughter - well, she runs the place, D'Wayne is the house's security man. Others turn up, segueing from various areas of Shaper's life. Amanda, part typical teenager, part young receptacle of ancient wisdom, is currently employed as a "therapist" at the Foundation.

Shaper plunges into this personal mosh pit like a repentant sinner at a river baptism, the shock of his plunge awakening him to the realization that there's more in life than was dreamt of in his philosophy.

Gold has been blessing readers with his contemplation of the human condition for many years. In this novel his lovely humor and deep understanding illuminates how a man walking a barren highway may react when fate suddenly shoves him onto an unpaved, rutted dirt road.

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On a day like any other, which turned out to be like none other, a telephone call came his way. The caller was a young woman who spoke in the drawling layabout accent of late adolescence. In his office he heard mainly from lawyers, defendants’ distraught families, and legal-aid volunteers; usually it was the Spanish-speakers who needed his help in court, translating for Your Esteemed Honor their optimistic explanations of how the lady’s purse happened to jump into their hands as they ran down the street to get home in time to feed a sick child who would miss her papa even more

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Herbert Gold

Herbert Gold is the author of numerous novels, non-fiction and short story collections for which he has received many awards including the Sherwood Anderson Award for Fiction and the Commonwealth Club Gold Medal. He lives in San Francisco.

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Daughter Mine
A Novel
Herbert Gold

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St. Martin's Press
July 2000
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ISBN: 9780312275761
ISBN10: 0312275765
304 pages
$7.99

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St. Martin's Press
July 2000
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ISBN: 9780312263065
ISBN10: 0312263066
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages
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