Love Child: A Memoir of Family Lost & Found
After the death of her mother in a freak tragedy, then four-year-old Allegra Huston was directed into a hotel room with the words “this is your father,” and hence met, for the first time, the acclaimed movie director John Huston. She recounts a childhood shuttled between relatives (including older sister Anjelica who was already an accomplished actress) and across continents. At the age of twelve, Huston weathered another blow when her stepmother revealed that her biological father was not, in fact, Huston, but British historian John Julius Norwich who, like Allegra’s mother, was married at the time of their affair. In her beautifully written, forensically honest story of a tumultuous childhood, Allegra Huston weaves the romantic struggle of her mother’s short life into her own story, a parallel, though different, search for love.