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Imperfect Birds by Anne Lamott

Imperfect Birds

by Anne Lamott

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not a great book, yet an important book to read! Kids/drugs/parents. ( )
  Rdra1962 | Aug 1, 2018 |
A heart wrenching book about a young teenager and her family dealing with drug addiction. Rosie is a promising kid with a high GPA and a passionate interest in physics and literature. Her mother, Elizabeth, is a recovering alcoholic with crippling anxiety and very little direction in life. Rosie's life has so much promise, but she and her two best friends have been experimenting with recreational drug use. It starts with sharing prescription drugs, then stealing them from other family members. Of course she is smoking weed and drinking on the weekends too. But over the summer, things get darker and her parents begin to get suspicious. What follows is a cycle of blame, excuses, lies, and cruelty that begins to truly damage the family. Elizabeth is almost incapable of believing the worst about her daughter. She grasps at any unlikely story to explain away her daughter's behavior and attitude changes. Her stepfather, however, can view the situation more impartially and is very concerned. Ultimately, the make the tough decision to send Rosie away to rehab. The novel concludes as all stories about addiction must conclude - on an uncertain note. Rosie seems to be doing well in rehab and growing, but who can know the future? Her parents, however, are learning to separate their lives and well beings from their daughter's. They can still go on if their daughter is never fixed. A beautiful book about the true meaning of love. ( )
1 vote Juva | Jan 10, 2018 |
Seems I much prefer her memoirs. Some passages here were beautiful, but they were the ones that echoed things I've read in her essays ( )
  chelseaknits | Dec 14, 2017 |
This book involves a recovering mom, her drug abusing daughter and a second spouse after her first husband died. It is interesting how you cannot separate a person's problems-like was the daughter's drug abuse due to losing her father? I thought it was a very accurate portrayal of the denial and sneakiness of a drug abuser and the affects it has on all. ( )
1 vote camplakejewel | Sep 18, 2017 |
Excellent story that develops characters with some depth by the end of the book. And because of the personal and family themes and drama, it helps to think about common issues.

Audio edition comment: character "voices" are difficult to distinguish, get lost at times and somewhat grating, shrill voice in places. ( )
  deldevries | Jan 31, 2016 |
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Anne Lamott’s powerful and painfully honest novel...
This is a mature, thoughtful novel about an all-too-common family crisis, and in typical Lamott fashion, it doesn't ignore the pain or exalt in despair. The salvation she offers in these pages is hard-won.
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Publisher's summary: 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
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Rosie Ferguson is seventeen and ready to enjoy the summer before her senior year of high school. But as the school year draws to a close, there are disturbing signs that the life Rosie claims to be leading is a sham, and that Elizabeth's hopes for her daughter to remain immune from the pull of the darker impulses of drugs and alcohol are dashed. Now, Elizabeth is forced to confront the fact that Rosie has been lying to her, and that her deceptions will have profound consequences.… (more)

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