Crooked Little Heart

Crooked Little Heart

by Anne Lamott
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Crooked Little Heart by Anne Lamott

With the same winning combination of humor and honesty that marked her recent nonfiction bestsellers, Operating Instructions and Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott's new novel gives us an exuberant, richly absorbing portrait of a family for whom the joys and sorrows of everyday life are magnified under the glare of the unexpected.

Rosie Ferguson, in the first bloom of young womanhood, is obsessed with tournament tennis. Her mother is a recovering alcoholic still grieving the death of her first husband; her stepfather, a struggling writer, is wrestling with his own demons. And now Rosie finds that her athletic gifts, once a source of triumph and escape, place her in peril, as a shadowy man who stalks her from the bleachers seems to be developing an obsession of his own...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385491808
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/28/1998
Series: Niagara Large Print Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 563,643
Product dimensions: 5.15(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 1010L (what's this?)

About the Author

Anne Lamott is the New York Times bestselling author of Help, Thanks, Wow; Small Victories; StitchesSome Assembly RequiredGrace (Eventually)Plan BTraveling Mercies; Bird by BirdOperating 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.


Fairfax, California

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Place of Birth:

San Francisco, California


Attended Goucher College in Maryland before dropping out to write

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Crooked Little Heart 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have recently come to Anne Lamott, and in reading 'Crooked Little Heart,' became completely engrossed in and in love with her characters. Yes, they are 'messy' but then life is messy. Her characters are real, fully developed, and I could totally relate to how and why they behaved as they did. The 'From the Publisher' and 'Publisher's Review' descriptions of the book are right on. The two young readers who reviewed the book lacked the maturity to understand what drove the book. Also the other reviewers seemed to miss what an important, totally non-sexual part Luthor played in the coming of age of Rosie. All the characters in this 'yard sale' family were important in the growth of each other. I loved the book.
TLeopard More than 1 year ago
This was a excellently written book with memorable characters. I've loved everything I've ever read from Anne Lamott.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recently finished reading 'Crooked Little Heart' by Anne Lamott. This is the second book I have read by Ms. Lamott, the first being 'Rosie,' which is a great prequel and describes Rosie's life as a younger girl. 'Crooked Little Heart' uses great sensory details in describing the emotions of a young teenage girl. You are able to really get to understand the characters' feelings and personalities, making the book one that you can truly get engrossed in. Anne Lamott has a different style than many other fiction writers, and it is apparent from the very beginning of her novel. I loved this book and hope you will read it and enjoy it too. I particulary recommend it to people who are fans and/or players of tennis, as the book does have much of the action centered around tournament tennis. I can't wait to read more from Anne Lamott!
JustMyTwoCents More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story because the thoughts of the various characters seemed very real to me--particularly the guilty feelings that so many of the characters seemed to have with regard to their thoughts and behaviors. It was also realistic in the way that someone might do something wrong once, but it doesn't automatically mean a pattern is established--such as when Rosie injures herself for attention. Or how she came  understand that while she did some wrong things when playing tennis, it did not mean that she needed to see herself as always bad as a result of it. My only criticism of the story is that I didn't understand how the family could keep a roof over their head and eat, let alone finance Rosie's expensive sport on so little income. It made no sense to me. I will look for more books by this author. 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a disappointment and I usually like Anne Lamott. Lamott doesn't fill out her characters enough to explain their disappointments, depression, fears etc. They're all kind of wierd in a not so good way. The main character, an adolescent tennis star, is disjointed and unlikeable. A lot of Lamott's metaphors are so stupid, I had to stop and reread to see if she really wrote what I read. She writes great about tennis but I was really disappointed.
iluvtarney More than 1 year ago
Thirteen year old Rosie Ferguson is obsessed with tennis. Rosie doesn't have many people to talk to. Her father died when she was just a little girl, her mother is a recovering alcoholic, and her step dad is a struggling writer. Not to mention a mysterious man who watches all of her tournaments, and her pregnant best friend. Rosie must learn how to deal with the stress of tennis on her own, what she chooses to do though in the end, is unthinkable. Something that I did not like about the book was that I found myself bored when the author talked about the mother and not Rosie, but perhaps that's because I've not yet come across the hardships that Rosie's Mother is going through. I loved the writing style, it was intelligent and detailed. This book very nicely conveys the problems that both teenage girls and athletes go through, like the pressure to be perfect. It shows how some girls might deal with it. This book related to me because I am also an athlete, so I know what it's like to feel like one has to never make any mistakes so, I could easily relate to a lot of what Rosie was going through. October 11th 2011 Clara Duman
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Crooked little heart was a okay book, i found it interesting that she goes through some of the same things as i do, but i wish the sport she was in was softball, not tennis.