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Margi Shindler, April 18, 2011 (view all comments by Margi Shindler)
This is the first book I've read which uniquely illuminates the difficult and messy juxtaposition of the generations, who are struggling with addictions, affluence and ungrounded spirituality each in their own age perspectives.
I know to trust that Anne Lamott will offer up an unvarnished look into human relationships. The fact that this book's title includes "bird" harkens me back to the first book of hers I read, her seminal book about writing, "Bird by Bird". The connections seems obvious, that each subject, each person has to be taken one at a time. The reader is walking step by step through narratives to arrive at a conclusion.
"Imperfect Birds" is written partly in the voice of an anxious middle aged mother and partly in the voice of the 17 year old, out-of-control daughter. Other voices include the girl's stepfather and other characters in the town.
The story is set in the attractive, educated, affluent region of Marin County. Remember the song school kids recorded, "Marin County, California, that's my home..."? I was a school kid when that song came out, and I was jealous. I wanted to be a California girl and live in a cute picture perfect place.
Fast forward 30 years, to spoiled, drug addicted kids, who think stealing jewelry and underwear is an innocuous pastime, and seeing a concert and taking ecstasy is about like tea and cookies. The overall effect is disconcerting at first. Lamott drives you deeper into the disconnects between the generations, and what brought them to their dysfunctions. I think anyone reading this book might see a little of themselves, their kids, their parents... and the dilemmas of our times.
Lamott is a spiritual person, and so always offers redemption in the long run. I highly recommend this for children and parents who are caught in the web of love, tough love, and the insidious malaise which affluence has made possible.
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Margi Shindler, April 18, 2011 (view all comments by Margi Shindler)
This is the first book I've read which uniquely illuminates the difficult and messy juxtaposition of the generations, who are struggling with addictions, affluence and ungrounded spirituality each in their own age perspectives.
I know to trust that Anne Lamott will offer up an unvarnished look into human relationships. The fact that this book's title includes "bird" harkens me back to the first book of hers I read, her seminal book about writing, "Bird by Bird". The connections seems obvious, that each subject, each person has to be taken one at a time. The reader is walking step by step through narratives to arrive at a conclusion.
"Imperfect Birds" is written partly in the voice of an anxious middle aged mother and partly in the voice of the 17 year old, out-of-control daughter. Other voices include the girl's stepfather and other characters in the town.
The story is set in the attractive, educated, affluent region of Marin County. Remember the song school kids recorded, "Marin County, California, that's my home..."? I was a school kid when that song came out, and I was jealous. I wanted to be a California girl and live in a cute picture perfect place.
Fast forward 30 years, to spoiled, drug addicted kids, who think stealing jewelry and underwear is an innocuous pastime, and seeing a concert and taking ecstasy is about like tea and cookies. The overall effect is disconcerting at first. Lamott drives you deeper into the disconnects between the generations, and what brought them to their dysfunctions. I think anyone reading this book might see a little of themselves, their kids, their parents... and the dilemmas of our times.
Lamott is a spiritual person, and so always offers redemption in the long run. I highly recommend this for children and parents who are caught in the web of love, tough love, and the insidious malaise which affluence has made possible.
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ISBN:
9781594485046
Author:
Lamott, Anne
Publisher:
Riverhead Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20110431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.14 x 5.16 x 0.86 in 0.55 lb
Age Level:
17-17

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Product details 336 pages Riverhead Books - English 9781594485046 Reviews:
"Review" by , "This is a hell of a book, tough and wonderful. A heartbreak and a heart- mender."
"Synopsis" by , The bestselling author of Blue Shoe, Grace (Eventually), and Operating Instructions returns with her most honest and heartrending novel yet, in which she explores the human quest for connection and salvation, love and family.
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A powerful and redemptive novel of love and family-from the beloved bestselling author.

Seventeen-year-old Rosie Ferguson is smart, athletic, and beautiful- everything her mother, Elizabeth, and stepfather, James, hoped she would be. But as the school year draws to a close, there are disturbing signs that the well-adjusted teenage life that Rosie claims to be leading is a sham. Slowly and painfully, Elizabeth and James are forced to confront the fact that Rosie has been lying to them-and that her deceptions have profound consequences for them all. Imperfect Birds is Anne Lamott's most honest and heartrending novel, exploring our human quest for connection and salvation as it exposes the traps that life-and we-set for ourselves.

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