while i've been recuperating from a sprained ankle, twisted elbow and the flu, i've been reading eva hoffman's 'the secret.' I stumbled upon eva hoffman by reading 'yesterday's child' where her memoir is often cited as an account of a well-integrated immigrant identity.
perhaps because we live in the united states, such a nation of immigrants, we take the immigrant experience for granted. i've always suspected that psychologically it's a much more difficult process than many people realize. anyway, i'm enjoying the channel andreea deciu-ritivoi has opened up for me through her book, and have since been hoping to read more of her work. soon after conceiving this intention, i found one of her novels, "the secret," at our local library.
i don't think it's much of a secret that the protagonist is a young girl who is a clone on a search for her identity. in a certain way the story could be written of any young person raised with a scientific world-view, trying to understand whether or not there is any real personal 'identity' beyond the label of a name and social security number or whether one's perceived identity is just a trick-of-the-mind produced by chemical processes.
many of the scenes of mother-child symbiosis could also apply to most mother-daughter relationships and the issues of separate identity that frequently arise between them.
the book is extremely well-written, a pleasure to read, and dips into many compelling areas on its journey to fruition.
when i was an undergraduate at ucb, a long time ago, i studied the mind-brain identity theory as a philosophy major. philosophers were constantly citing comparisons to artificial intelligence in their discussions of the human mind-brain identity problem. i recognize some of those posited questions given 'flesh' (so to speak) in the story of Iris. I recommend this book.