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Stephen Digges is the kind of angry adolescent a lot of parents would have given up on. He is out of control by the time he is 13 — running with gangs, stealing cars, fooling around with drugs and guns, and in general making his family’s life hell. Confronted with his growing recklessness and defiance, his mother, the poet Deborah Digges, decides to try to accept Stephen on his own terms — a course that stuns her family and leads to the breakup of her second marriage. Digges “shadows” him on his late-night forays so that she can understand his world, welcomes his gang into their apartment, and tries to see life through his eyes. When she discovers that children who are devoted to animals have an easier time forming attachments to other people, she fills their home with a menagerie of ailing or abandoned pets. She also turns to an unconventional therapist who offers unusual — but helpful — treatment.

The Stardust Lounge isn’t your usual story of rebellious adolescence. The power of Digges’s memoir comes from her stubborn unwillingness to give up on Stephen. Even when things are roughest, Digges manages to see the intelligent, sensitive child behind the hostile behavior. However difficult the path she chooses, her story is ultimately a heartening one, and it’s impossible not to root for this family as it rebuilds itself.

Review:

"Thought-provoking....Deborah Digges offers a kind of mythological account of her son's rebellion." The New York Times Book Review

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"[W]ritten with a poet's eye for resonant images." Booklist

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"What makes this book so terribly fascinating is its honesty and Digges's refusal to consider her son bad or worthless." USA Today

Review:

"Deborah Digges's beautifully written, lucid memoir about raising a badass son on her own is impressively devoid of any poor-me sentiment." Esquire

Synopsis:

In a memoir filled with insight into the terror of being a teenager, a mother adopts a remarkable strategy to cope with her angry, rebellious second son.

Stephen Digges is out of control by the time he is thirteen — running with gangs, stealing cars, fooling around with drugs and guns, and in general making his family's life hell. Confronted with his growing recklessness and defiance, his mother, the poet Deborah Digges, decides to accept Stephen on his own terms — a course that stuns her family. She welcomes Stephen's friends to their apartment, fills their home with a menagerie of ailing or abandoned pets, and turns to an unconventional therapist. Digges stubbornly refuses to give up on her son; and it's impossible not to root for this family as it rebuilds itself.

About the Author

Deborah Digges lives in Massachusetts.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385720939
Author:
Digges, Deborah
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Location:
New York, N.Y.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Adolescence
Subject:
Childhood Memoir
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Biography-Childhood Memoir
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
2
Publication Date:
20020531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
18 HALFTONES
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.02x5.10x.66 in. .56 lbs.

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Product details 240 pages Anchor Books - English 9780385720939 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Thought-provoking....Deborah Digges offers a kind of mythological account of her son's rebellion."
"Review" by , "[W]ritten with a poet's eye for resonant images."
"Review" by , "What makes this book so terribly fascinating is its honesty and Digges's refusal to consider her son bad or worthless."
"Review" by , "Deborah Digges's beautifully written, lucid memoir about raising a badass son on her own is impressively devoid of any poor-me sentiment."
"Synopsis" by , In a memoir filled with insight into the terror of being a teenager, a mother adopts a remarkable strategy to cope with her angry, rebellious second son.

Stephen Digges is out of control by the time he is thirteen — running with gangs, stealing cars, fooling around with drugs and guns, and in general making his family's life hell. Confronted with his growing recklessness and defiance, his mother, the poet Deborah Digges, decides to accept Stephen on his own terms — a course that stuns her family. She welcomes Stephen's friends to their apartment, fills their home with a menagerie of ailing or abandoned pets, and turns to an unconventional therapist. Digges stubbornly refuses to give up on her son; and it's impossible not to root for this family as it rebuilds itself.

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