Dan Shaper is an aging hippy in the San Fran area. Good with languages, he works as a free-lance translater for lawyers and the courts. One day, 19-year-old Amanda shows up in his life and announces he is her father by a brief fling many years ago. He never knew; Dan had given the mother money for an abortion at her request. He grapples with his feelings and responsibilities as a brand new father, as well as Amanda's demands for money, her black boyfriend D'Wayne's odd employment in the Yerba Buena Foundation (a "therapy" office that is little more than a brothel), and various other oddballs from cops to cons and drug dealers. _Daughter Mine_ is a sort of easygoing comic novel, a novel of manners among people not far from the street. The plot moves slowly and calmly, lightly intimating deep and troubled emotions in its cast of eccentric characters.
This report prepared by David Loftus