Gathering Home

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Simon and Schuster, 1988 - Fiction - 240 pages
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Whitney Gaines has always known she was adopted. It's never been a problem -- she loves her parents, Mary Ellen and Cal, a liberal minister, and enjoys her life in Birmingham, Alabama. But the year Whitney turns eighteen, Cal decides to run for Congress and the entire Gaines family is thrust into the spotlight. Whitney resolves to look for her birth parents, a decision her liberal-minded adoptive parents support. Although her birth mother doesn't answer her letters, Whitney finds her father, Sam Kirby, a gay cartoonist living in New York, wondering about the child he knows is out there, somewhere. Whitney's letters reawaken Sam's ambivalence about his southern roots.

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User Review  - wareagle78 - LibraryThing

An enjoyable book for several reasons. First, it is set in my hometown of Birmingham, AL and it's always a neat thing to read a book set in a location with which you are intimately familiar ... Read full review

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Covington's fine first novel spirals around an Alabama Congressional election. Central to the action is how Cal Gaines's "call'' to run for Congress forever alters the lives of his family and friends ... Read full review


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