Imperfect Birds

Imperfect Birds

Large Print - 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: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2010
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781410423627
Characteristics: 467 p. (large print) ; 23 cm


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Oct 29, 2019

A drag. While the topic is timely and realistically portrayed, the characters lack depth and are annoying. And the plot is so repetitive. And then there's the sappy ending. This would make a good Lifetime movie.

mrsgail5756 Jul 24, 2013

The book was okay – but not one of my favorites.

debwalker Jan 25, 2013

Great Lamott quote on the realities of writing when you have children: "I used to not be able to work if there were dishes in the sink. Then I had a child and now I can work if there is a corpse in the sink."

Aug 14, 2012

I think since the content involved addicts and their escalating self-abusive behavior I found the book anxiety-causing and not fully enjoyable. I have read many other fictional and non-fictional stories about addicts, but this one seemed to me clunky and I could not get interested in the characters. Typical of this author, many wonderful and colorful descriptive phrases to describe the characters and their behavior, but it seemed cobbled on at times. Loved this author's non-fiction. Perhaps her other fiction works are a better mix of her creative phrases and plot than this one was.

Jul 30, 2012

I’m not sure if I like it. I think the book is too long, with needless details about life (almost hour by hour) of Rosie and her family. Sometimes too much detail about drugs - almost like a manual how to use them and how do not get caught... The question is - is this tragedy of all teenagers or only of those, who have, practically, everything in their life, and therefore, some kind of suffering from boredom, and they get into these destructive activities? Too much blind love of parents - is not good. The book gives the impression that somehow Anne Lamott is defending "poor" teens, who don’t know what to do with their “boring” lives and start using drugs and then - everything to which this leads.

Jun 15, 2012

I'm a huge Anne Lamott fan but this book really disappoints. I found all of the characters aggravating, either for whimpy parental behavior or whiney, manipulative teenage behavior. Given Anne's own history with substance abuse, I guess she knows whereof she speaks, but I just wanted to shake everyone, especially the adults and tell them grow a spine.

riki Jul 21, 2010


Sararush Jun 23, 2010

Annie Lamott's Imperfect Birds moved slowly for me as it told the story of a Bay Area family dealing with their teenage daughter's experimentation and addiction to all kinds of drugs and alcohol. I did enjoy the descriptions of barely working trust fund Bay Areans, but can see that some may find them to stereotypical to be comical. The point of view shifts were sometimes pointless, and the mom's portions were almost unreadable. It was disturbing how much the mother desperately wanted to be liked by her daughter, and was willing to sacrifice good sense and rationalize her daughter's clear addiction and behavioral issues as her own pysch issues. In fact almost none of the characters ran true for me. Not very much happens in the way of plot, and all this culminates, when the story just sort of ended. Dealing with the subject matter Lamott was working with, the story lacked the necessary power warranted. Unless you are a Lamott fan, you may want to skip this novel.


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