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Michi didn’t end up meeting his father until he was in college, though in the play Forster imagines an encounter when Michi was younger.
Michi: Why did you divorce my mother?
Michi: I said, why did you.
Kertesz: Kid, listen. I never was married to your mother. Never. If she said different, she told you a great big whopping Pinocchio lie. You want to know the truth about her and me? That’s why you come here, yeah? Then I tell you. Hear it right from the horse’s ass. We were two ships passing in the night. Two f——-g ships. That was all.
Michi: I think I should go now.
Kertesz: What’s wrong? You just got here.
Michi: Yeah, well. I got what I came for.
Kertesz: Buck up, kid. Here. Take this. You can put it in your room and throw darts at it.
He gives Michi a large publicity photo of himself. He autographs it.
Kertesz: To Mike. From Mike. I could write from one bastard to another, but your mother might not like. You going to shake my hand?
Michi: Not today.
When Forster first told her father that she wanted to write her grandmother’s story, he initially scoffed at the idea: “My dad basically said to me: ‘You’re cheapening yourself as a writer. You’re just trying to ride on the coattails of your famous grandfather, and that’s beneath you. I’m disappointed in you.’”