Michael Mewshaw is the author of ten novels and seven books of nonfiction, including If You Could See Me Now (forthcoming from Unbridled Books), from which this excerpt is drawn. He has won a Fulbright Fellowship, an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Guggenheim. Hundreds of his articles and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and other newspapers and magazines in the United States and in Europe. He lives with his wife, Linda, in London and spends his winters in Key West, Florida. 
Mar 01 2006
If You Could See Me Now
One crystalline spring evening in London I heard from a woman who declared, “I have reason to believe you’re my biological father.” Speaking long distance from Los Angeles, she said she had been born there on December 24, 1964. As she told me the precise time of her birth, her weight and the color of her eyes and her hair, the conversation assumed the sort of sinking inevitability that attaches itself to events that you realize you’ve been waiting for, half in dread, half in hope, for decades.