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Imperfect Birds: A Novel

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6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

intelligent psychological family drama

Entering her high school senior year, seventeen year old Rosie Ferguson is a high achieving teen. Rosie is beautiful, an A student and a good athlete. Her mother Elizabeth is proud of her daughter.

Elizabeth feared the move to Lansdale in Marin County, but she, her...
Entering her high school senior year, seventeen year old Rosie Ferguson is a high achieving teen. Rosie is beautiful, an A student and a good athlete. Her mother Elizabeth is proud of her daughter.

Elizabeth feared the move to Lansdale in Marin County, but she, her husband James, and her daughter apparently adjusted rather easily though she prays Rosie stays away from the youth drug culture as she knows she herself uses alcohol to numb emotional excess. She and James vigilantly watch Rosie for signs of abuse and use as the square sells everything. However, in spite of their vigil, they fail to notice her daughter's mendacity until it is almost too late. Risking their marriage, James and Elizabeth intervene while Rosie objects.

Rosie and Elizabeth return (see Rosie) in this profound gut wrenching family drama. The story line captures teen behavior with a strong need to ignore parental authority while also demanding privacy and the typical subsequent parental reaction. The lead trio is an awesome combination of love, defiance, and anger as Anne Lamott provides an intelligent psychological family drama.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on February 14, 2010

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2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Anne Lamott's Imperfect Birds

Frankly, this is an imperfect book! I've been an Anne Lamott fan since book one, but this entry is so full of depression and drugs that it made my teeth hurt. I'm eternally cheery and optimistic, but this book made me want to run off to the store for a strong anti-depre...
Frankly, this is an imperfect book! I've been an Anne Lamott fan since book one, but this entry is so full of depression and drugs that it made my teeth hurt. I'm eternally cheery and optimistic, but this book made me want to run off to the store for a strong anti-depressant. Not her best...no, in all honesty, this is her worst. A waste of paper to print it and time to read it... unless you happen to be into angst and woe. I'm not!

posted by ChattyPat on April 10, 2010

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  • Posted May 8, 2010

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    Hopeful and real

    Anne Lamott always writes from her heart - we meet Rosie again, from "Crooked Little Heart" some 5 years later. Rosie is a mess and doesn't know it and neither does Rosie's mother. Step-father James tries to get everyone to see the light but it takes a while. It is a tale of mother's love (for good and bad) and making the hard choice to do the right thing for ones child - even if it means they hate you for it. Parents may find this book to be too real about how teenagers behave, but the characters also seem very real and alive. I cared about the characters in this book and enjoyed the reading and the ultimate outcome. As with most of Anne Lamott's books, I'm always sad when I get to the last page and there's no more book. If only she were a more prolific writer! But perhaps she crafts a masterpiece each time and that's the point.

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  • Posted April 25, 2012

    Highly recommended!

    A must to read - especially for parents who travel a difficult journey in life with their children who struggle with drug/alcohol addictions. I couldn't put the book down until it was done - great book!

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    Posted March 31, 2012

    Scary Truths

    This book absolutly opened my eyes. I felt as if Rosie were my own daughter. I THINK SOMETIMES we cannot see the faults of those closest to us and wish to believe that person is always truthful. I LOVED THE BOOK AND AGREE the drug culture amoung our teens and young adults is something we should all be aware of.
    Annon

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