Set in Santa Cruz, California; San Remo, Italy; Paris, France; and a fictional town called Pottersville, North Carolina from the 1950s through the 1980s, Claiming Kin tells the story of two intertwined families and their battles and conflicts over kinship.
Andrea has an unusual sense of smell. She grows up to be a pheromone researcher for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and a perfume maker in Paris. But one idea haunts her: who is her real father? Is it the man her family says is her father, or is it his live-in companion? Andrea follows them to San Remo, where she tests her hypothesis, with startling results that disrupt her family on both sides of the Atlantic.
Awards: Paterson Award -Fiction, finalist: National Endowment for the Arts, Stegner Fellowship, Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship, Vogelstein Foundation Grant, Deming Foundation Grant.
- PEN/Bingham Award (nominated)
- Paterson Poetry Award (shortlisted)