Jane Hamilton celebrates families in her own special wayby Euan Kerr, Minnesota Public Radio
St. Paul, Minn. — Early on in Jane Hamilton's new novel "When Madeline was Young," Mac the narrator discovers what he thinks is a family secret.
He'd always assumed that the glamorous but brain-damaged woman living in their home was an aunt. It turns out that Madeline is actually his father's first wife, who had been injured in a bicycle crash. As in her other novels, "The Book of Ruth" and "Map of the World," Hamilton weaves a tale of family love and conflict.
- All Things Considered, 09/27/2006, 4:48 p.m.