Mary Gordon is the author of several bestselling novel about the conflicts facing contemporary women. Her 1996 memoir, "The Shadow Man: A Daughter's Search for Her Father," was released in paperback last month (Vintage Books). In the book she writes that at the age of 44, she discovered she wasn't the person she thought she was. As she researched her father, she discovered truths about him that forced her to rethink who she is. Gordon's father died when she was seven. (REBROADCAST FROM 05/14/1996)
Psychotherapist Eileen Simpson grew up as an orphan; her mother died from tuberculosis. As a young adult, she moved to Greenwich Village and married the poet John Berryman. Writing came to her later in life, after she split up with the renowned poet. Her new book is called Orphans: Real and Imaginary.