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Crooked Little Heart

By (author) Anne Lamott

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Rosie Ferguson, in the first bloom of young womanhood, is obsessed with tournament tennis. Her mother is a recovering alcoholic still grieving the death of her first husband; her stepfather, a struggling writer, must wrestle with his own demons. And now Rosie finds that her athletic gifts, once a source of triumph and escape, place her in peril, as a shadowy man who stalks her from the bleachers seems to be developing an obsession of his own. Crooked Little Heart asks big questions in intimate ways: What keeps a family together? What are the small heartbreaks that tear at the fabric of our lives? What happens to grief when it goes underground? And on what road must we walk with our flawed and crooked hearts?

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  • Paperback | 326 pages
  • 129.54 x 200.66 x 22.86mm | 181.44g
  • 01 Jul 1999
  • Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
  • Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group
  • New York
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0385491808
  • 9780385491808
  • 412,508

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Author Information

Anne Lamott is the author of the novels, "Hard Laughter, Rosie, Joe Jones, "and "All New People, "as well as two works of nonfiction, "Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year" and "Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life." A past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, she lives with her son, Sam in northern California.

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"Pulses with an emotional generosity that is rare."- "San Francisco Chronicle ""Eloquent, detailed, emotionally honest... Lamott deserves praise for telling it like it is."-" People "Crooked Little Heart.".. incapacitated me for several days. I could do little else but move from one reading post to another throughout my house and yard, and follow the continuing story of Rosie Ferguson in the summer of her 13th year.... The writing is threaded with precise imagery, tenderness, and high humor."- "L.A. Weekly ""Lamott's descriptive talents are considerable and... consistently evocative. "Crooked Little Heart" is likely to win [her] the huge and appreciative audience her masterful fiction demands." -" Boston Globe"

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With the same winning combination of humor and honesty that marked her recent nonfiction bestsellers, Operating Instructions and Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott's new novel gives us an exuberant, richly absorbing portrait of a family for whom the joys and sorrows of everyday life are magnified under the glare of the unexpected. Rosie Ferguson, in the first bloom of young womanhood, is obsessed with tournament tennis. Her mother is a recovering alcoholic still grieving the death of her first husband; her stepfather, a struggling writer, is wrestling with his own demons. And now Rosie finds that her athletic gifts, once a source of triumph and escape, place her in peril, as a shadowy man who stalks her from the bleachers seems to be developing an obsession of his own. "Crooked Little Heart asks big questions in intimate ways: What keeps a family together? What are the small heartbreaks that tear at the fabric of our lives? What happens to grief when it goes underground? And what road must we walk with our flawed and crooked hearts? Brilliantly written, inhabited by superbly realized characters, funny and human and wonderfully suspenseful, "Crooked Little Heart is Anne Lamott writing at the peak of her considerable powers.

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