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By Blood – Ellen Ullman
From the acclaimed American novelist and memoirist Ellen Ullman, By Blood is a gothic noir novel that explores questions about fate, identity and genetics in the guise of a gripping psychological thriller.
A professor is on leave from his post, a leave that may have been forced upon him. He may or may not be of sound mind. To steady himself, he rents an office in San Francisco.
It is 1974, a time when free love and psychedelic ecstasy have given way to drug violence and serial killings. Through the thin office walls, the professor overhears the sessions of a therapist and a patient, and without knowing the patient’s name or face he comes to know the details of her life, her family, her lovers.
He inserts himself into her search for her “mysterious origins”: a deeply troubling journey through displaced-persons camps, stolen children, and hidden pasts…