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Blackbird: A Childhood Lost and Found

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Publisher Comments:

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.

Review:

"The unblinking look of one child at a hard world. Written gloriously and movingly." Frank McCourt, author of Angela's Ashes and 'Tis

Review:

"A beautifully written memoir — utterly absorbing, alternately heartbreaking and inspiring." Hope Edelman, author of Motherless Daughters

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"Heart-wrenching, vividly remembered, and shockingly real." The Denver Post

Review:

"A phenomenal debut." Daily News (New York)

Review:

"A novelistic vision of a life with both hope and heartache to spare." Harper's Bazaar

Review:

"A standout." Newsweek

Synopsis:

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780671042561
Author:
Lauck, Jennifer
Publisher:
Washington Square Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
California
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Journalists
Subject:
Abandoned children
Subject:
Childhood Memoir
Subject:
Autobiography/Literary
Subject:
Editors, Journalists, Publishers
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Lauck, Jennifer - Childhood and youth
Subject:
Biography-Childhood Memoir
Subject:
Biography-Women
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Series Volume:
368/March 2001
Publication Date:
20010931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.31 in 12.95 oz

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Product details 432 pages Washington Square Press - English 9780671042561 Reviews:
"Review" by , "The unblinking look of one child at a hard world. Written gloriously and movingly."
"Review" by , "A beautifully written memoir — utterly absorbing, alternately heartbreaking and inspiring."
"Review" by , "Heart-wrenching, vividly remembered, and shockingly real."
"Review" by , "A phenomenal debut."
"Review" by , "A novelistic vision of a life with both hope and heartache to spare."
"Review" by , "A standout."
"Synopsis" by , 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....
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