Crooked Little Heart
By Anne Lamott
Anchor Books, Paperback, 9780385491808, 336pp.
Publication Date: May 15, 1998
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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...
"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