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Then She Found Me

  • 1990 (Hardcover), 1991 (Paperback), 2008 (Movie tie-in)
  • Pocket Books, Washington Square Press
  • Hardcover, Paperback, Kindle, iBook, Audio

Given up for adoption thirty-six years ago, April Epner, now a quiet-living, sensible-jumper-wearing Latin teacher, has never had the slightest desire to be reunited with her biological mother. But, as it turns out, she doesn't have a choice.

When Bernice Graverman, the brash, glamorous host of a mildly successful daytime TV talk show, flounces into her life claiming to be her mother, April is horrified: Can she and this woman really share the same genes? Worse still, Bernice seems determined to take up her maternal role where she left off. Her first task: to tackle April's non-existent love life.

Now a major motion picture starring and directed by Helen Hunt.

Reviews and praise

"An enchanting tale of love in assorted forms....full of charm, humor and unsentimental wisdom....Raising laughter and ears with acutely observed characterizations and dry, affectionate wit, she also keeps dealing out the surprises, leaving readers smiling long after the last page is turned."Publishers' Weekly

"First-rate...stylish, original....delightful...Then She Found Me is a little, big-hearted book with the capacity to stir surprisingly deep feelings."Boston Globe

"A first novel of vast charm...will pierce the heart as well as the funny bone."New York Daily News