Imperfect Birds: A Novel
Look out for Anne's next book, Hallelujah Anyway, coming April 2017.
A powerful and redemptive novel of love and family, from the author of the bestselling Blue Shoe, Grace (Eventually), and Operating Instructions.
Rosie Ferguson is seventeen and ready to enjoy the summer before her senior year of high school. She's intelligent-she aced AP physics; athletic-a former state-ranked tennis doubles champion; and beautiful. She is, in short, everything her mother, Elizabeth, hoped she could be. The family's move to Landsdale, with stepfather James in tow, hadn't been as bumpy as Elizabeth feared.
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. Slowly and against their will, Elizabeth and James are forced to confront the fact that Rosie has been lying to them-and that her deceptions will have profound consequences.
This is Anne Lamott's most honest and heartrending novel yet, exploring our human quest for connection and salvation as it reveals the traps that can befall all of us.
From the Hardcover edition.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - deldevries - LibraryThing
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 ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser 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