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A Childhood Lost and Found

By Jennifer Lauck

Washington Square Press, Paperback, 9780671042561, 432pp.

Publication Date: August 28, 2001

With the startling emotional immediacy of a fractured family photo album, Jennifer Lauck's incandescent memoir is the story of an ordinary girl growing up at the turn of the 1970s and the truly extraordinary circumstances of a childhood lost. Wrenching and unforgettable, "Blackbird "will carry your heart away.
To young Jenny, the house on Mary Street was home -- the place where she was loved, a blue-sky world of Barbies, "Bewitched, " and the Beatles. Even her mother's pain from her mysterious illness could be patted away with powder and a kiss on the cheek. But when everything that Jenny had come to rely on begins to crumble, an odyssey of loss, loneliness, and a child's will to survive takes flight....

About the Author
Jennifer Lauck is the author of the "New York Times" bestselling memoir "Blackbird" and its sequel, "Still Waters." She lives with her husband, son, and daughter in Portland, Oregon.

Praise For Blackbird

Frank McCourt
author of Angela's Ashes and 'Tis

The unblinking look of one child at a hard world. Written gloriously and movingly.

Hope Edelman
author of Motherless Daughters

A beautifully written memoir -- utterly absorbing, alternately heartbreaking and inspiring.

The Denver Post

Heart-wrenching, vividly remembered, and shockingly real.

Daily News (New York)

A phenomenal debut.

Harper's Bazaar

A novelistic vision of a life with both hope and heartache to spare.


A standout.