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Crooked Little Heart

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Publisher Comments:

With the same winning combination of humor and honesty that marked her recent nonfiction bestsellers, Operating Instructions and Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott's new novel gives us an exuberant, richly absorbing portrait of a family for whom the joys and sorrows of everyday life are magnified under the glare of the unexpected.

Rosie Ferguson, in the first bloom of young womanhood, is obsessed with tournament tennis. Her mother is a recovering alcoholic still grieving the death of her first husband; her stepfather, a struggling writer, is wrestling with his own demons. And now Rosie finds that her athletic gifts, once a source of triumph and escape, place her in peril, as a shadowy man who stalks her from the bleachers seems to be developing an obsession of his own.

Crooked Little Heart asks big questions in intimate ways: What keeps a family together? What are the small heartbreaks that tear at the fabric of our lives? What happens to grief when it goes underground? And what road must we walk with our flawed and crooked hearts?

Brilliantly written, inhabited by superbly realized characters, funny and human and wonderfully suspenseful, Crooked Little Heart is Anne Lamott writing at the peak of her considerable powers.

Review:

"[A]n enchanting novel....Lamott again demonstrates her irrepressible, edgy humor and a new, deeper understanding of psychological nuance." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"[T]his beautiful, warbling sequel [to Rosie] squeezes as much poetry as could possibly be extracted from a difficult adolescence." Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"Wry and elegiac...a bittersweet testament to the family, wherever we might find it, and to finding grace in the commonplace." Chicago Tribune

Review:

"[T]ender and buoyant....Vibrant with bright metaphors and funny dialogue, this is a sweet, complex, and compassionate tale." Donna Seaman, Booklist

Review:

"As usual, Lamott's brand of winsome wisdom begins to grate just a bit....But the greater depth, complexity, and seriousness here make up for the smiley faces and rainbows." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Lamott's focus on the special dynamics of family interrelationships makes for a powerful story." Midwest Book Review

Review:

"Eloquent, detailed, emotionally honest...Lamott deserves praise for telling it like it is." People

Synopsis:

With the same winning combination of humor and honesty that marked her recent nonfiction bestsellers, Operating Instructions and Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott's new novel gives us an exuberant, richly absorbing portrait of a family for whom the joys and sorrows of everyday life are magnified under the glare of the unexpected.

Rosie Ferguson, in the first bloom of young womanhood, is obsessed with tournament tennis. Her mother is a recovering alcoholic still grieving the death of her first husband; her stepfather, a struggling writer, is wrestling with his own demons. And now Rosie finds that her athletic gifts, once a source of triumph and escape, place her in peril, as a shadowy man who stalks her from the bleachers seems to be developing an obsession of his own...

About the Author

Anne Lamott is the author of four previous novels, as well as Operating Instructions and Bird by Bird. She lives in Northern California with her son, Sam.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385491808
Author:
Lamott, Anne
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Author:
Lamott, Anne
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Family -- Fiction.
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Tennis stories.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reprint ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
May 1998
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.02x5.26x.70 in. .56 lbs.

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Product details 336 pages Anchor Books/Doubleday - English 9780385491808 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A]n enchanting novel....Lamott again demonstrates her irrepressible, edgy humor and a new, deeper understanding of psychological nuance."
"Review" by , "[T]his beautiful, warbling sequel [to Rosie] squeezes as much poetry as could possibly be extracted from a difficult adolescence."
"Review" by , "Wry and elegiac...a bittersweet testament to the family, wherever we might find it, and to finding grace in the commonplace."
"Review" by , "[T]ender and buoyant....Vibrant with bright metaphors and funny dialogue, this is a sweet, complex, and compassionate tale."
"Review" by , "As usual, Lamott's brand of winsome wisdom begins to grate just a bit....But the greater depth, complexity, and seriousness here make up for the smiley faces and rainbows."
"Review" by , "Lamott's focus on the special dynamics of family interrelationships makes for a powerful story."
"Review" by , "Eloquent, detailed, emotionally honest...Lamott deserves praise for telling it like it is."
"Synopsis" by , With the same winning combination of humor and honesty that marked her recent nonfiction bestsellers, Operating Instructions and Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott's new novel gives us an exuberant, richly absorbing portrait of a family for whom the joys and sorrows of everyday life are magnified under the glare of the unexpected.

Rosie Ferguson, in the first bloom of young womanhood, is obsessed with tournament tennis. Her mother is a recovering alcoholic still grieving the death of her first husband; her stepfather, a struggling writer, is wrestling with his own demons. And now Rosie finds that her athletic gifts, once a source of triumph and escape, place her in peril, as a shadowy man who stalks her from the bleachers seems to be developing an obsession of his own...

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