Trust. Parents of children younger or older than adolescents can safely read Anne Lamott’s novel, Imperfect Birds, without undue anxiety. Those readers with children smack in the throes of adolescence may be wise to defer reading this novel to another time. Lamott presents the elaborate lies of teens and the parents’ desire to believe and the struggles of a young woman and her parents in dealing with a challenging situation. Rosie seems to be a good student until she isn’t, as she experiments with drugs and alcohol to great excess. Her lies, including the ways in which she sabotages the drug tests she is forced to take, create real tension for everyone. The title of the novel comes from Rumi, “Each has to enter the nest made by the other imperfect bird.” Rosie’s mother, Elizabeth and her stepfather James create the best nest they can in forming a family. The novel unveils deep love and great pain, and explores the question of how trust is formed and maintained.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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