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Blackbird: The Story of a Daughter Lost and Found Hardcover – 1 Oct 2000


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  • Hardcover: 406 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Pocket Books Hardcover Printing edition (1 Oct. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671042556
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671042554
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 3.2 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,962,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jennifer Lauck conveys the perceptions, thoughts and emotions of a frightened child with utter conviction and vivid immediacy in her remarkable memoir of the six years during which both of her parents died. Lauck opens in 1969, when she is five and her 31-year-old mother is entering the final phase of a decade of severe health problems. Momma is beautiful and loving; we feel the tender intimacy between mother and daughter, even as we see that Jennifer has assumed a lot of adult responsibilities that make her fearful and obsessed with rules. Eight-year-old brother Bryan responds to Momma's illnesses with anger, and is often cruel to his sister. High-powered, workaholic Daddy does his best, but is not around a lot. (The adult author subtly depicts the children's half-conscious understanding that Daddy is seeing other women.) As Momma's health worsens and the family moves to Southern California to be near a better hospital, Lauck captures in painful detail the atmosphere of physical decay that surrounds a mortally ill woman until Momma dies on Bryan's 10th birthday. In short, Daddy moves them all in with Deb, who obviously has been his girlfriend for a while, and events spiral down from there.

Daddy dies of a heart attack before Jennifer turns 10; Deb keeps the stepchildren (whom she dislikes) so that she can get their social security allotment; Jennifer is sent out to work at a residence that is run by Deb's creepy Freedom Community Church. She is 11 by the time that her aunt and uncle rescue her--a moment that is nearly as exultant for readers as it is for the girl whose trials they have shared for nearly 400 pages. Her harrowing story might sound unremittingly grim in the retelling, but Lauck's lack of self-pity and the delicacy of her prose transform it into an odyssey of endurance and transcendence. --Wendy Smith --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Frank McCourt Author of "Angela's Ashes" and "'Tis" The unblinking look of one child at a hard world. Written gloriously and movingly.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Mar. 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is a biography written through the eyes of a young girl looking at the the events and experiences of her life (mostly heartbreaking) from the age of 5. It is a devestating, disturbing but complelling look at her mistreatment by the adults around her. I found I was unable to put it down and read it and the sequel (Still Waters) in 3 days. I thoroughly recommend it.
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I could not put this book down and unlike the reader who only got to page 50, I found Jennifer Lauck's description of life with her sick mother very touching and interesting - of course this was before the wicked stepmother came on the scene and Jennifer's life goes from bad to worse. The only thing I did not like about this book is how it ended when she was aged 14 or thereabouts and Ms Lauck goes on to complete her story in a second book - this always makes me wonder if the motivation is money rather than simply having the urge to write one's memoirs or life experiences.(David Pelzer - the Boy called It - managed to stretch his story out into three books - I only bought the first one because I wonder if the truth is embellished in order to last two/three books).
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Nov. 2003
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This book is very hard to put down. When I was not reading it I was thinking about it. It has to be the best book I have read in a very long time.
I found myself being transported into Jenny's world and seeing it through her eyes and feeling everything that she felt.
It is unbelievable that Jenny went through so much in the first 11 years of her life. Much more than the average person would go through in their lifetime.
I cannot wait to get my hands on Still Waters and read the next installment of this amazing womans life.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By alineko on 18 Sept. 2008
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Not your usual abuse-literature. This is about a childhood destroyed by 'normal' events like illness and family separation in the late 60s, early 70s. Not a tear-jerker but a an interesting perspective of what it's like to be a child and thus completely dependent on what adults around you decide to do with your life. This is underlined by the format of storytelling: the entire book is written from Jenny's perspective, we know about other characters only what she knows. This can be at times difficult because you really want to know what is happening and what motivates other characters to behave the way they do. But it helps you to empathize with Jenny even more as you have no adult rational ways of explaining events and actions. Having said that, it is often possible to guess what is happening and why people act they way they do. great read.
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By Shelley on 19 Oct. 2014
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got it with prime delivery so came next working day. looks like new even though description said used but theres no creases down spine or pages worn, just no sign its even been read which is fantastic. havent read the book as yet just finishing another but cant wait to get started. would definitely recommend seller and would buy from again quality again is like new
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By A Customer on 26 July 2003
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I just could not put these books down. I felt like i had been transported into Jennifer Luacks world of a sick mother and a lost childhood. To the person who only read to page 50 give it another go. Open your mind up and read it. Perhaps be thankfull your childhood was better.
It was a brilliant book.
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By MPC on 3 Oct. 2014
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Having read the second part of this trilogy I ordered this first part and it is was excellent. Very good prompt service from supplier. Many thanks.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Feb. 2001
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Jennifer's story is harrowing at times, but you can't help wanting to know more about what happened to her! It was a gripping tale of someone who neve seemed to have had a childhood, thrust into doing things for her mother only an adult should. Her Fairytale bedroom give to her Father seemed like some oxymoron, as her ' wicked' stepmother sent her and this bedroom furniture to a religious cult for her to work for her keep and of course get her out the way. She should have been the most mixed up child, a psychologists dream client. When her Aunt and Uncle find her by chance after Debs , thw wocked Step mom had taken her back, you are waiting for the next installment : will they get her back and take here home? Or will the step mom win and keep her and treat here even more like dirt? It had me on my seat at that point and I honestly thought I was going to get a happy ending then suddenly it is taken from you! My only 'dislike' is simply this : I wanted to know more about Jennifer/ Juniper, the tape ends as she climbs on board a buss for Reno, but what happened next? We haven't even enetered teenage years and this child has lived a life many at 80 would not have seen! I want to know more! I know Jennifer Lauk has a book deal for the next installment but did it all have to end as a abruptly? And when is the next book out?
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