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Look out for Anne's next book, Hallelujah Anyway, coming April 2017.
A powerful and redemptive novel of love and family, from the author of the bestselling Blue Shoe, Grace (Eventually), and Operating Instructions.
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 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 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 consequences.
This is Anne Lamott's most honest and heartrending novel yet, exploring our human quest for connection and salvation as it reveals the traps that can befall all of us.
From the Hardcover edition.
From Publishers Weekly
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Nice character definition, but left me hanging in the end
I couldn't stop reading this book! With a teenager of my own, I could totally relate to everything the characters were going through. I strongly recommend this book to anyone with a tender heart and a love for people in all walks of life.
I didn't want this book to end. Read Rosie and Crooked Little Heart, and you'll come to love this family as much as I do. Ann Lamott so understands the language of parenting, especially the crazy inner conflicts and self-talk.