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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Recent Reads: "Crooked Little Heart" by Anne Lamott

"Crooked Little Heart"
by Anne Lamott
c. 1998

I really enjoyed this book.  A lot.  Excellently written, the story is about a tight-knit group of friends who become family, and is mainly told through the eyes of young Rosie and her mother Elizabeth.  Set in San Francisco and spanning a couple of years, it seamlessly blends the past with the present.  There are several different themes woven throughout this book, but they flow nicely with each character.

Elizabeth was widowed when Rosie was four.  Turning to booze to bury her grief, she kicks the alcohol habit and then finally deals with the grief through a depressive episode years later.  Fear and worry of many things, including her daughter jumping on a trampoline, runs through her daily thoughts.  She married James, a writer and a younger man, to complete their little family. 

Rosie is a little hot shot tennis star, and the is a lot of info about the ins-and-outs of tennis tournaments for young people, clubs and coaches.  Rosie's best friend and tennis partner, Simone, is too sexy for her own good and she attracts older boys and men alike.  There is also creepy Luther, who hangs around the courts, watching young Rosie intently, and giving her mom the heebie-jeebies.

Lamott delves deeply into the thoughts, motivations, character flaws and everyday doings of her characters.  They are fully developed, real people and she did a wonderful job with this book.

"Crooked Little Heart" was written before everybody and their kid had a cell phone, and that fact kept jumping out at me.  It is hard to imagine what the world was like back then, and we are only talking about 1998.

I give this book two thumbs up.  It took me awhile to read because it is pretty meaty.  

~ Kathy M.

And, now, as a bonus for today, I am posting some pretty pictures of Clearwater Falls, located near Diamond Lake.  I took them in 2007:

Can anybody out there except me see the water fairy with the huge boobies by my name in the picture above?  She surprised the heck out me!  You can click on any of the pictures above to enlarge them.

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Anne@A Little Fur in the Paint said...

How funny, Kathy!! Yes, I can see her...LOL Beautiful! I've just discovered your lovely blog, and am now following...
So nice to meet you!
I also really like Elizabeth Berg's books...:)

Arkansas Patti said...

Wow, I am like you in being amazed that the cell phone obcession is so relatively new.
Funny how you get used to things so quickly.

Kathy A. Johnson said...

I've read several of Anne Lamott's nonfiction books, but never one of her novels--I don't know why. I'll have to remedy that. I appreciated reading your take on the book.

Pretty pictures, too, though I admit I can't see the water fairy!

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