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.
Awards: Paterson Award -Fiction, finalist: National Endowment for the Arts, Stegner Fellowship, Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship, Vogelstein Foundation Grant, Deming Foundation Grant.
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.
- PEN/Bingham Award (nominated)
- Paterson Poetry Award (shortlisted)