Imperfect Birds

Imperfect Birds

Audiobook CD - 2010
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Rosie Ferguson is seventeen and ready to enjoy the summer before her senior year of high school. But as the school year draws to a close, there are disturbing signs that the life Rosie claims to be leading is a sham, and that Elizabeth's hopes for her daughter to remain immune from the pull of the darker impulses of drugs and alcohol are dashed. Now, Elizabeth is forced to confront the fact that Rosie has been lying to her, and that her deceptions will have profound consequences.
Publisher: [New York] : Penguin Audio, 2010.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9780143145363
Characteristics: 9 sound discs (ca. 11 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Denaker, Susan
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Nov 03, 2016

Anne Lamott is brilliant and her prose is stunning, as usual. While the subject matter was not all that relevant to me, I did empathize with both the parents and the teen. This is evidence of Lamott's ability to create characters that are multi-dimensional. I could see the good and bad in each person, and empathize with their frailties and struggles. At it's best: an illuminating study of one family's struggle, joy and pain. It's worst: very slow moving and somewhat self absorbed.

Aug 27, 2015

While I generally like Anne Lamott's non-fiction spiritual books, I found this novel very dissatisfying because it was so judgmental. While I am 68 years old, my sympathy was with Rosie, the 17-year-old villain of the piece. Her alcohol and drug use did not seem that out of control considering it is happening in an era where young people have little or no hope for the future. Rosie's mother, Elizabeth and Rosie's evil stepfather were hypocritical to an extreme that would shame God. Having been drinkers and dopers in their own youths, they crack down on their daughter in a way only a Nazi could love. Most of Lamott's sympathies seem to be with the neo-Fascist parents, which is a huge disappointment considering that I thought the author while Christian was somewhat liberal. In my own youth, I knew kids like Rosie who experimented heavily with drugs in high school but went on to have successful college and professional careers without their parents sending them to the kind of concentration camp that LaMott seems to recommend in her novel. The author's hateful and judgmental portrayal of a 17-year-old girl and the novel's glorification of her fascist parents makes this a book only Alcoholics Anonymous Nazis could love.


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