"We're all imperfect birds, in a novel that sounds a warning note to parents of "good kids," even though some might resist its climactic remedy. In the end, the strengths of central characters and believable complications overcome a tendency toward oracular psychobabble."
Lamott, best known for nonfiction, including popular books on writing (Bird by Bird
, 1994) and spirituality (Traveling Mercies
, 1999), returns to the novel with a sequel of sorts to one of her earliest and best, Rosie
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