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Publisher's Summary

With the same brilliant combination of humor and warmth that marked Operating Instructions and Bird by Bird, her two best-selling works of nonfiction, Anne Lamott now 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.

The Fergusons make their home in a small California town where life is supposed to resemble paradise, but for 13-year-old Rosie (last seen in Lamott's beloved novel Rosie), reality is a bit harsher. Her mother, a recovering alcoholic, is still beset by grief over the early death of her first husband. Rosie's stepfather is a struggling writer plagued by doubts and hilarious paranoia. And Rosie, aching in the bloom of young womanhood and obsessed with tournament tennis, finds that her athletic gifts, initially a source of triumph, now place her in peril, as a shadowy man who stalks her from the bleachers seems to be developing an obsession of his own.

Authored with enormous emotional honesty, inhabited by superbly realized characters, riotously funny, and wonderfully suspenseful, Crooked Little Heart is Anne Lamott writing at the height of her considerable powers.

©1997 Anne Lamott (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"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." (LA Weekly

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The reader mispronounced San Francisco Bay Area place names (“San Ra-Fay-Ell”) and did poor impersonations of male voices. Why did the author allow this? Overwrought story; could have been half the length.