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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....

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.