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Amanda Knox: Just Happy to Be Home

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Since returning home to Seattle on Oct. 4 after spending four years in an Italian prison, Amanda Knox is finding life a whirl of catching up with the old-her family, her friends, her rusty English-and catching on to the new. “Amanda’s had to adapt to things that have become common household goods that she’s never seen before-for example the iPad,” says her U.S. attorney Theodore Simon. “She was totally fascinated by it.”

Of keener interest to Knox, 24, since walking free after an Italian court overturned her conviction for the 2007 murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher, have been reunions with her parents, three sisters, grandmother and friends. Attempts to go out, however, are proving a challenge, given the swarm of reporters. “Amanda did manage to go out one evening ‘undercover,'” says her dad Curt Knox. “She was recognized by the managers of the establishment, who told her they wouldn’t tell anyone and to just enjoy her evening.” A welcome-home party included the boy she split up with before leaving for Perugia, but, says Curt, “I don’t think there is room these days in Amanda’s head for romance.”

After a getaway to a seaside location, she is savoring the mundane. “The tension is slowly unwinding,” says her mom Edda Mellas. Not all is perfect. The family is still deciding whether to appeal Amanda’s remaining conviction of slander against bar owner Patrick Lumumba for falsely accusing him of the Kercher murder, and Amanda “has been receiving hate mail,” says her dad. “Police can’t do anything about it because there is no return address.” As for the future, Curt says, “I think Amanda will go back to finish her university degree.”