A powerful and redemptive novel of love and family-from the beloved bestselling author.
Seventeen-year-old Rosie Ferguson is smart, athletic, and beautiful- everything her mother, Elizabeth, and stepfather, James, hoped she would be. But as the school year draws to a close, there are disturbing signs that the well-adjusted teenage life that Rosie claims to be leading is a sham. Slowly and painfully, Elizabeth and James are forced to confront the fact that Rosie has been lying to them-and that her deceptions have profound consequences for them all. Imperfect Birds is Anne Lamott's most honest and heartrending novel, exploring our human quest for connection and salvation as it exposes the traps that life-and we-set for ourselves.
After an eight-year hiatus since her last novel (BLUE SHOE) bestselling author Anne Lamott returns with the third novel (after ROSIE and CROOKED LITTLE HEART) to examine the ever-expanding mother-daughter relationship between Elizabeth and her precocious troubled daughter Rosie. Though a recovering alcoholic herself, Elizabeth is determined to give Rosie (now 17) the space to make her own decisions, a parenting tactic that seems to be succeeding marvelously--but behind the good grades and shiny exterior, Rosie is sliding into a world of sex, seduction, and devastating lies. Anne Lamott returns to one of her literary interests--and the demons of her own life--the insidious and deeply damaging nature of addiction, but IMPERFECT BIRDS is no mere cautionary tale: with characteristic humor, razor-edged observation, and a compassion for her characters even when they are at their most incorrigible and damaged, Anne Lamott proves again her rare ability to capture the nuance of the American family in crisis.
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- General, Psychology
- March 12, 2013
- April 5, 2011
- Anne Lamott