- Tapa blanda: 317 páginas
- Editor: Riverhead; Edición: Reprint (1 de abril de 2011)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1594485046
- ISBN-13: 978-1594485046
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Imperfect Birds (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 1 abr 2011
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"Heartbreaking and delightful, moving and hopeful, Imperfect Birds reminds us how our children are connected to and independent of us, and that no matter how difficult our struggle is with them, love underlies it all and saves us. This novel captures the deepest, purest, most terrifying experience of parents fearing for their children. With great insight and humor, Anne Lamott shows us what it means these dangerous days to be a parent, what it means to be a child, and what it means to be a family."
-David Sheff, author of Beautiful Boy
-Martin Cruz Smith, author of Gorky Park and The Golden Mile
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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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And despite the serious and often frightening nature of the subject matter, this book does sparkle with Annie Lamott's trademark wry, dark humor. One of my favorite moments is between Elizabeth and James:
"It's all so hopeless, darling."
"It really is. Let's kill ourselves tomorrow, okay?"
"We can't. Lank and Rae are coming for dinner."
"Tomorrow" is a mini-mantra for a lot of the characters in this book, as it is for a lot of real-life addicts struggling with sobriety: James tells Rosie, when she's dealing with anger, "Just for today, you don't push anyone down the stairs, okay? Maybe tomorrow." "Just for today," is, of course, a well-known AA and NA mantra, and the book explores the successes and the pitfalls of living for the moment, sweeping your own side of the street, and so on, when you're a parent and your child is spiraling out of control.
This is a beautiful book and one I reread often when I'm dealing with beloved addicts in my own life, as well as when I'm tempted to rationalize my own bad behavior the way Rosie does.
I had high hopes for this book, as well. Unfortunately, I was bitterly disappointed. It droned on and on. Nothing ever really happened. The teenage daughter is drinking, smoking, doing drugs, and lying about it to her parents. Her parents feel frustrated, helpless, and angry. There -- that's pretty much the book in a nutshell. I couldn't wait for the book to end. Let me rephrase that -- I DIDN'T wait for the book to end. I got through about 80% of it, and finally threw in the towel.
Sorry, Anne... this was a miss for me.
On the worst of times, this book is real. I lost two brothers to addiction. I struggled along in a family like this and really, I didn't want to go back to the language, the abuse, and the drama. There is a lot of language in the book that I had not been assaulted with in some time. The words were way out of the scope of learning for this homeschool mom who is on a wholesome pursuit towards Christ. Anne does bring her characters to seek out spiritual meaning and it is interesting to see the battles associated with coming to grips with our Creator.