Imperfect Birds: A Novel (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Apr 6, 2010 - Fiction - 336 pages
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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.


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What makes the novel sparkle is Lamott's writing style. - LibraryThing
I agree that the ending was too neat. - LibraryThing
Lamott's writing is strong, as always. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - oldblack - LibraryThing

I know I'm not exactly an Eng Lit graduate, and so you have to read my comments as the ramblings of an uneducated Australian buffoon. So.... Woah! Is America really like this? Families that do urine ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kelslynn - LibraryThing

Imperfect Birds was a difficult book to read, maybe because the main characters, Elizabeth and Rosie, were in such downward spirals in much of the book. Rosie portrays herself as a typical teenager in ... Read full review


ONE The Parkade
TWO Memorial
THREE Fenn and Robert
FOUR The Heat
SIX The Big Fish
SEVEN Speck of Light
EIGHT Twoest
NINE Lagoon
TEN The Fall

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About the author (2010)

Anne Lamott is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Help, Thanks, Wow; Some Assembly Required; Grace (Eventually); Plan B; Traveling Mercies; and Operating Instructions, as well as several novels, including Imperfect Birds, Rosie and Crooked Little Heart. A past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an inductee to the California Hall of Fame, she lives in northern California.

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