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If Elizabeth Ferguson had her way, she'd spend her days savoring good books, cooking great meals, making fun of tedious suitors, and waiting for the love of her life to walk in the door. But it's not a man she's waiting for, it's her daughter, Rosie — her wild-haired, smart-mouthed, wise-beyond-her-years alter ego. With Rosie around, the long days aren't quite so long, the long nights easily blunted by a few too many glasses of wine. But Elizabeth can't keep the realities of the world at bay, and try as she might, she can't shield Rosie from its dangers or mystery. As Rosie grows older and more curious, Elizabeth must find a way to nurture her extraordinary daughter — even if it means growing up herself.

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"A fine novel about an eccentric, non-nuclear family with two, then three, and finally four heads, but always with just one heart: Rosie." The New Yorker

Review:

"Anne Lamott is an original: a bright, fresh voice. Rosie is not so much a celebration of the ordinary as it is a recognition of the extraordinariness of life." San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"A sunny, strong-backed novel — featuring great, good people and a rare bird in Rosie herself." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"A strong, funny and memorably original novel." Alice Adams

Synopsis:

The bestselling author of Bird by Bird and Operating Instructions delivers a witty and wise novel about the growing pains of motherhood. In the inimitable style that makes her delightful prose leap off the page, Anne Lamott has fashioned a true coming-of-age story with a modern-day twist. As a woman's daughter grows older and more curious, she must find a way to nurture her extraordinary daughter — even if it means growing up herself.

Synopsis:

In Anne Lamott’s wise and witty novel, the growing pains of motherhood are portrayed with rare humor and honesty. If Elizabeth Ferguson had her way, she’d spend her days savoring good books, cooking great meals, and waiting for the love of her life to walk in the door. But it’s not a man she’s waiting for, it’s her daughter, Rosie—her wild-haired, smart-mouthed, and wise-beyond-her-years alter ego. With Rosie around, the days aren’t quite so long, but Elizabeth can’t keep the realities of the world at bay, and try as she might, she can’t shield Rosie from its dangers or mysteries. As Rosie grows older and more curious, Elizabeth must find a way to nurture her extraordinary daughter—even if it means growing up herself.

About the Author

Anne Lamott is the author of the bestsellers Traveling Mercies, Operating Instructions, Bird by Bird, as well as six novels including Crooked Little Heart which is the sequel to Rosie. Her column in Salon magazine was voted the Best of the Web by Newsweek. She is a past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

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OneMansView, April 13, 2010 (view all comments by OneMansView)
How can I do this to my adorable little girl?

In this somewhat autobiographical work, the author paints a sharp, poignant, and painful portrait of a widowed woman in her thirties, Elizabeth Ferguson, who, though blessed with a sharp mind and striking looks, cannot find equilibrium in her life and turns daily to the soothing, if not numbing, comforts of excessive alcohol consumption. Having grown up in a dysfunctional family – both parents being drinkers, she had managed to shove much of that into the background with her deceased husband being a pillar of strength for both her and her precocious, grade-school-age daughter Rosie. Now, she agonizes over subjecting her adorable daughter, at times wise beyond her years, to a similar unstable environment.

While the focus of the story is on Elizabeth’s struggles and Rosie’s swings from reproving her mother to being an apprehensive little girl, other interesting characters appear to help the situation. Rae is an upbeat, chubby, earth-mother type who is there when needed. And James, despite his faults, “gets” Elizabeth. They are both literary intellectuals to some degree, but the real issue is can she learn to trust and give herself to a man when she has so much insecurity.

The author really captures what it must be like for a person who recognizes but rationalizes his or her own self-destruction through alcohol or drug dependence. It is an understanding, but realistic, treatment: at times the picture is not pretty. It’s easy to hope that Elizabeth can get it together and that Rosie can get the adult support that she needs. It’s a tough world for an eight year old girl to fend for herself, as one particularly ugly incident clearly demonstrates.

Some may find the author to be unkind, or even harsh, towards Elizabeth. In fact, Elizabeth has resources that many don’t: financial stability gained from her husband’s death, a reflective though troubled mind, and a minimal network of friends and acquaintances. In a sense, Elizabeth is a disappointment to the author and to the reader. The basis of Elizabeth’s hopelessness, concealed while married, is not particularly clear – perhaps that is the point; there is no rational explanation. Elizabeth’s situation is a nightmare that we can experience from afar through this book and learn from.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140264791
Author:
Lamott, Anne
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Lamott, Anne
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Mothers and daughters
Subject:
Identity (psychology)
Subject:
Mothers
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reprint ed.
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
57
Publication Date:
June 1997
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
7.77x5.07x.55 in. .43 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 288 pages Penguin Books - English 9780140264791 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A fine novel about an eccentric, non-nuclear family with two, then three, and finally four heads, but always with just one heart: Rosie."
"Review" by , "Anne Lamott is an original: a bright, fresh voice. Rosie is not so much a celebration of the ordinary as it is a recognition of the extraordinariness of life."
"Review" by , "A sunny, strong-backed novel — featuring great, good people and a rare bird in Rosie herself."
"Review" by , "A strong, funny and memorably original novel."
"Synopsis" by , The bestselling author of Bird by Bird and Operating Instructions delivers a witty and wise novel about the growing pains of motherhood. In the inimitable style that makes her delightful prose leap off the page, Anne Lamott has fashioned a true coming-of-age story with a modern-day twist. As a woman's daughter grows older and more curious, she must find a way to nurture her extraordinary daughter — even if it means growing up herself.
"Synopsis" by ,

In Anne Lamott’s wise and witty novel, the growing pains of motherhood are portrayed with rare humor and honesty. If Elizabeth Ferguson had her way, she’d spend her days savoring good books, cooking great meals, and waiting for the love of her life to walk in the door. But it’s not a man she’s waiting for, it’s her daughter, Rosie—her wild-haired, smart-mouthed, and wise-beyond-her-years alter ego. With Rosie around, the days aren’t quite so long, but Elizabeth can’t keep the realities of the world at bay, and try as she might, she can’t shield Rosie from its dangers or mysteries. As Rosie grows older and more curious, Elizabeth must find a way to nurture her extraordinary daughter—even if it means growing up herself.

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