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Love Child A Memoir of Family Lost and Found (Paperback)

Author:  Allegra Huston
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1416551581
ISBN-13: 9781416551584
Sku: 211539489
Publish Date: 4/20/2010
Pages:  289
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Allegra Huston''s deeply moving memoir of her famous family, motherless childhood, and the extraordinary revelation that turned her world upside down.
Childhood is often marked by confusion, but Allegra Huston's extraordinary upbringing serves as an extreme case. Her mother, the ballerina Ricki Soma, died in a car accident when Allegra was four years old, so she was sent to live with her "real" father, film director John Huston. Huston, a notorious womanizer and vagabond, had little interest in Allegra, so she was often left in the care of her teen sister Anjelica, who frequented the palatial estates of stars like Jack Nicholson and Marlon Brando. When Allegra was 12 years old, her world turned once again when she was introduced to her "real" real father, the famed British historian John Julius Norwich. Despite being fondled and ogled by Hollywood perverts like Ryan O'Neal and Roman Polanski, and living between two families an ocean apart, Allegra became a thoughtful, humble woman, who happens to be an exceptionally gifted writer. Her search for acceptance and connection makes for a rare and delightful memoir that never becomes ostentatious, despite the fame of a few of its subjects.


"Where many memoirists compete to see who's had the most outrageous life, this story stands out in its quiet poignancy." (starred review) 02/23/2009

"It's fascinating to read her book verbatim. It's even more so to read it between the lines. LOVE CHILD purports to be the tale of a polite little girl ricocheting through life, never quite recovering from the loss of her beloved mother. Time and again she finds herself a minor planet in the orbit of some powerful man." - Janet Maslin 04/01/2009

"[T]he pleasure this memoir provides does not arise from a private view of the rich and famous; instead it gently dismantles both idealizing and demonizing clichés about life as a child among celebrities....The family in LOVE CHILD is not simply lost then found; they are engaged in a dance, positions constantly changing; sometimes they are warm and generous; sometimes they are distant and neglectful; but they always have the power to instill wonder." - Terri Apter 08/14/2009

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