A Childhood Lost and Found

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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. The house on Mary Street was home to Jennifer; her older brother B.J.; their hardworking father, who smelled like aftershave and read her Snow White; and their mother, who called her little daughter Sunshine and embraced Jackie Kennedy's sense of style. Through a child's eyes, the skies of Carson City were forever blue, and life was perfect -- a world of Barbies, Bewitched, and the Beatles. Even her mother's pain from her mysterious illness could be patted away with hairspray, powder, and a kiss on the cheek....But soon, everything Jennifer has come to love and rely on begins to crumble, sending her on a roller coaster of loss and loneliness. In a world unhinged by tragedy, where beautiful mothers die and families are warped by more than they can bear, a young girl must transcend a landscape of pain and mistreatment to discover her richest resource: her own unshakable will to survive.
Publisher: New York : Pocket Books, c2000.
ISBN: 9780671042554
Branch Call Number: 979.4/LAUC
Characteristics: 406p. 22cm.


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Dec 08, 2017

I enjoyed this book. Her writing is lovely and I think she does a very good job at telling her story through a child's lens. It was a difficult read though - wading through her sadness and all of the horrible things that happened to her made it challenging to keep on reading.

Sep 23, 2015

I couldn't put this book down. This memoir is 400 pages of her life from age 5 until 12. So much happens in 7 short years of her life. I am appalled at the way children are treated. I know that her case is not a singular example of what children survive through. Her ability in writing this all down for everyone to read is a testimony of her inner strength to survive and move beyond her childhood. The peace she is seeking can only be found in Christ...


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