Imperfect Birds: A Novel

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


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User 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

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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

Contents

ONE The Parkade
TWO Memorial
THREE Fenn and Robert
FOUR The Heat
FIVE Salt
SIX The Big Fish
SEVEN Speck of Light
EIGHT Twoest
NINE Lagoon
TEN The Fall
ELEVEN Snow
TWELVE Ox
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About the author (2010)

Anne Lamott is the New York Times bestselling author of Help, Thanks, Wow; Small Victories; StitchesSome Assembly RequiredGrace (Eventually)Plan BTraveling Mercies; Bird by Bird; Operating Instructions, and the forthcoming Hallelujah Anyway. She is also the author of several novels, including Imperfect Birds and Rosie. 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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