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Daughter to remain immune from the pull of the darker impulses of drugs and alcohol are dashed Slowly and against their will Elizabeth and James are forced to confront the fact that Rosie has been lying to them and that her deceptions will have profound conseuenc. Characters in Anne Lamott s novels say things like this To begin with you need to tell me all of your unsaids Elizabeth They re killing us You ve been using your sincereness in counterfeit ways And that s not even the Mother Earth character Because there is always a Mother Earth character a spiritual hippie with a warm aura and a soft lap whose words are a higher grade of fortune cookie wisdom In Imperfect Birds Lamott revisits the characters from Rosie and Crooked Little Heart Elizabeth is still going to AA meetings and has been sober for a long enough spell minus a blip a few years earlier She s still dabbling in higher power issues Rosie is a junior in high school tall and lovely no longer recreationally using cocaine according to her diary but definitely hopped up on a friend s Adderall weed the whatever laced whatevers that her friends have available and when all else fails cough syrup or glue sniffing It s totally cas thoughElizabeth knows some of this She reads Rosie s diary and pays attention to what her daughter s hair smells like and monitors her uber moody moods But whenever Elizabeth catches Rosie with pills in her jeans pocket Rosie dulls the story to a plausible piece of fiction just bad enough to get grounded but not bad enough for big trouble A slight of hand to distract her parents from how bad it really is And how bad is it really Rosie s head is saying not bad at all but meanwhile she bargains with herself and makes and breaks plans to shape up The mother daughter duo are in a tug of war for the entire book Rosie trying to exert independence getting good grades and getting oozy goozy electrified by her physics teacher s arm hair Elizabeth going covert ops and trying to keep her daughter safe from addiction sexual transmitted diseases Car accidents burning buildings and jail This seems a bit like a cautionary tale to people with the mantra not my kid and it comes across as a bit like the time Helen Hunt got all crunk and belly flopped out the window of an apartment building or something starring a Dakota Fanning wanna be on the Lifetime Network But there is also this intersection of remembering what it feels like to sneak out of a bedroom window versus what it would be like to suirt a human being into the world and be charged with making sure that person doesn t sneak out bedroom windows It is also front row seats at the freak show of what it is like to be 17 years old in the late aughts I definitely enjoyed this but I ve always enjoyed Anne Lamott and I m a sucker for seeing what old characters from old stories are up to Facebook anyone I like that her characters say profound sentences that sound like they were ripped from a therapy session And I like the way families are never just the people sharing a last name in this case there are also wayward friends unconditionally loved despite addictions and suspect decision making skills

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Could be The family's move to Landsdale with stepfather James in tow hadn't been as bumpy as Elizabeth feared 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. This book perplexes me The copyright is 2010but apparently not one of these parents have Caller ID and there s still a working pay phone somewhere in this affluent California town and the girls have an incident with uaaludes but go to raves and take ecstasy Um what year is this set inI like Anne Lamott s writing There were many sentences particularly in the first two chapters that I was itching to take a pencil and underline But the narrative itself falls flat No it s not easy parenting a teenager and they do often live a double life but it s really hard to buy into Elizabeth and James s world and Rosie s in many ways reminds me a lot of anti drug propaganda from the early 90 s Also going back to the idea of a novel without a sense of timeRosie Jody and Alice are the three teenage girls this story centers around which adds to the difficulty of figuring out when exactly this novel takes placeBasically this novel just left me frustrated and wanting to both tell the parents to grow a pair and to smack some sense into Rosie that clearly six hours in detention did not achieve

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Rosie Ferguson is seventeen and ready to enjoy the summer before her senior year of high school She's intelligent she aced AP physics; athletic a former state ranked tennis doubles champion; and beautiful She is in short everything her mother Elizabeth hoped she. Anne Lamott ends her trilogy about a mother daughter relationship using horrible and often vulgar cliches about motherhood marriage teenagers friendship and faith Her self indulgence knows no bounds Ironically she sees herself as somehow different and above her Marin county community that is portrayed in this fictional novel At one point she writes about the smug residents of Marin county and I could not help but yell out dude you are seriously projectingUnbelievably at the end of this novelsoapbox Oprah rip off This is what I know ala Anne Lamott Lamott thanks her editors one is said to be GREAT and the other TOUGH and PROFOUND Such thanks were misguided As an example why would an editor or author think anyone wants to hear about James uiet farts Twice Yes twice BTW readers it as all part of the marital soup Also the sex credit phew now Elizabeth Anne Lamott gets a week off from fucking her husbandWhat type of friends do you know that engage in this type of dialogueJames Please Elizabeth he wants to have sexElizabeth I m exhausted I have bad breath and my vagina smells WTFIck Readers also get to hear how both women leak urine if they laugh or cough too hard In fact Elizabeth had to wear napkins all the time now and was not even fiftyMore Elizabeth has a hammertoe and gigantic corns Lank has a torn rotator cuff and James had two skin cancers removed from his widening bald spot Rae whose husband is also balding coos like a lap dancer about how soft and sexy Lank s bald spot iscoos like a lap dancerRosie and her BFF s touch and hang all over one another like lesbiansThe family dog is described as a mellow companion who looks Hasidic and thoughtful Also ugly adorable Except for the penis That red lipsticky thing James says the furry outside thing isn t the penis it s a codpiece It s just his little underpantsAt one point Rosie feels like a speck of protoplasm on a stick under the skyHuh So she feels like a speck of a cell on a stick under the skyI can t evenSadly I could continue on and on Alas a friend has told me to STOP Sheesh Maybe her vagina smells See Gross


About the Author: Anne Lamott

Anne Lamott is an author of several novels and works of non fiction Based in the San Francisco Bay Area her non fiction works are largely autobiographical with strong doses of self deprecating humor and covering such subjects as alcoholism single motherhood and Christianity She appeals to her fans because of her sense of humor her deeply felt insights and her outspoken views on topics such



10 thoughts on “Imperfect Birds

  1. says:

    I liked this and other people didn't and that makes perfect sense to me What makes less sense to me is that so m

  2. says:

    Anne Lamott ends her trilogy about a mother daughter relationship using horrible and often vulgar cliches about motherhood marriage teenagers friendship and faith Her self indulgence knows no bounds Ironically she sees herself as somehow different and above her Marin county community that is portrayed in this fictional novel At one

  3. says:

    This book taught me about the different names for all of the different available drugs than I ever really needed to know The bigger problem in the novel was a lack of likable characters Rosie is a lying manipulative brat who still calls her mother Mommy and snuggles with her at night even though she is almost 18 while her alter ego outside of the house is having unprotected sex mixing toxic combinations of drug

  4. says:

    This is my first Anne Lamott fiction book and I found it an easy enough story to read but I'm not sure I totally bought the story hook line and sinker The story is about a recovering alcoholic mother and her drug addicted daughter Both characters are whiny which might come with the addictive personna but it got o

  5. says:

    If there were a contest – something not physical that involves grammar maybe – to show who was the biggest Anne Lamott fan I would definitely fight my little wordy nerdy heart out to win it just for the titl

  6. says:

    This book perplexes me The copyright is 2010but apparently not one of these parents have Caller ID and there's still a working pay phone somewhere in this affluent California town and the girls have an incident with uaaludes but go to raves and take ecstasy? Um what year is this set in?I like Anne Lamott's writing There were many sentences particularly in the first two chapters that I was itching to take a pencil and underline But the nar

  7. says:

    My feelings about Anne Lamott's books are always all scrambled up with my feelings about her I like her work but I always have this so

  8. says:

    Characters in Anne Lamott's novels say things like this To begin with you need to tell me all of your unsaids Elizabeth They're killing us You've been using your sincereness in counterfeit ways And that's not even the Mother Earth character Because there is always a Mother Earth character a spiritual hippie wit

  9. says:

    I really like Annie Lamott's non fiction and Bird by Bird is one of my favorite writing tips books so although it took me a while to get around to it I was curious to read her fiction Aaaaaand I was pretty disappointedThis book is the third in a series which I didn't realize when I picked it up but that didn't affect the storyline or characters not knowing earlier info that is Short summary the trials tribulations of a f

  10. says:

    Subtitle Helicoper parents and their spoiled brat enabled children Or Helicopter Parenting for Dummies Ultimately I ended up thinking

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