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Blackbird: A Childhood Lost and Foundby Jennifer Lauck
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With the startling emotional immediacy of a fractured family photo album, Jennifer Lauck's incandescent memoir is the story of an ordinary girl growing up at the turn of the 1970s and the truly extraordinary circumstances of a childhood lost. Wrenching and unforgettable, Blackbird will carry your heart away.
The house on Mary Street was home to Jennifer; her older brother B.J.; their hardworking father, who smelled like aftershave and read her Snow White; and their mother, who called her little daughter Sunshine and embraced Jackie Kennedy's sense of style. Through a child's eyes, the skies of Carson City were forever blue, and life was perfect — a world of Barbies, Bewitched, and the Beatles.
Even her mother's pain from her mysterious illness could be patted away with hairspray, powder, and a kiss on the cheek...But soon, everything Jennifer has come to love and rely on begins to crumble, sending her on a roller coaster of loss and loneliness. In a world unhinged by tragedy, where beautiful mothers die and families are warped by more than they can bear, a young girl must transcend a landscape of pain and mistreatment to discover her richest resource: her own unshakable will to survive.
"The unblinking look of one child at a hard world. Written gloriously and movingly." Frank McCourt, author of Angela's Ashes and 'Tis
"A beautifully written memoir — utterly absorbing, alternately heartbreaking and inspiring." Hope Edelman, author of Motherless Daughters
"Heart-wrenching, vividly remembered, and shockingly real." The Denver Post
"A phenomenal debut." Daily News (New York)
"A novelistic vision of a life with both hope and heartache to spare." Harper's Bazaar
"A standout." Newsweek
To young Jenny, the house on Mary Street was home — the place where she was loved, a blue-sky world of Barbies, Bewitched, and the Beatles. Even her mother's pain from her mysterious illness could be patted away with powder and a kiss on the cheek. But when everything that Jenny had come to rely on begins to crumble, an odyssey of loss, loneliness, and a child's will to survive takes flight....
About the Author
Jennifer Lauck lives with her husband and son in Portland, Oregon, where she is a full-time writer at work on the sequel to Blackbird.
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