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Rosie is a masterpiece, Anne Lamott is a novelist of genius. (Los Angeles Times) A fine novel. (The New Yorker) A strong, funny, and memorably original novel. (Alice Adams) Anne Lamott is an original; a bright, resh voice. (San Francisco Chronicle)"

About the Author

Anne Lamott is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Grace (Eventually), Plan B, Traveling Mercies and Operating Instructions, as well as seven novels, including Rosie and Crooked Little Heart. A past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, she lives in Northern California.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 275 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (June 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140264795
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140264791
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #368,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By CoffeeGurl HALL OF FAME on August 10, 2003
Format: Paperback
I can hardly believe what some of the reviewers have said of this wonderful book. Where is my elephant gun? Pay absolutely no attention to anyone who claims this isn't up to Lamott's par. Rosie is not just a brilliant read, it is a superlative re-read. She's created another riveting tale of family woes and the love that keeps them in order. However, this novel has a unique coming-of-age brand of its own. The telling of a mother's struggles with alcoholism is poignant and enthralling. I am so relieved I can now lend out my dog-eared second-hand copy and purchase a new one for my shelves. Fans of Lamott rejoice! Now all we need is a new effort from this brilliant author.
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By A Customer on December 28, 2003
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Lamott's book "Bird by Bird" on writing was really superb and unforgettable. So, I wanted to absolutely love "Rosie." The characters are indelibly etched in my mind, especially Rae, James, and Rosie. And, parts of the book, mostly the parts about Rosie's character make the the entire book worthwhile. But, I had to force myself to pick it back up after putting it down a few times, and that's not a good sign. It lacked plot. There was nothing that I was really dying to find out. And, the main character's self-obsessed complaining got a little old; she had everything, and just couldn't seem to get it together. I kept hoping she'd just grow up and get over herself. I think the book is worth reading, but don't expect brilliance. Expect a good book that is slow in parts, but that in the end, you'll probably be glad you read.
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Well, I must say, this is book is worthy of both most of the negative and positive comments it has thus far received. On the plus side, Anne Lamott is truly a wonderful writer; her ability to stretch the otherwise quotidian into a relatively entertaining novel attests to that. The characters (especially Rosie) are quite real and the humor makes it fun, while it is at times a bit caustic. Yes, it is the portrayal of a starkly bored, depressed borgeoisie woman trying to get a fix on her life--certainly that is grounds enough to dissuade some people from reading it--but I think what makes it work, and work well, is that it is a very realisticly wrought portrayal. Perhaps it isn't the most exciting facet of life, but it also makes no apologies for it, and in the end accomplishes what all good art should: to bring that little extra bit of appreciation and enlightenment to our everday lives.
Lamott's idiosyncratic literary voice is not far removed from her public one, which I was lucky enough to catch on the radio one night, and I think it is this element that is indispensable to her particular formula, rather than subject material. Anyway, give this one a try. Who knows? You might just ... like it?
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By A Customer on August 27, 1999
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feh to the armchair psychiatrists...ROSIE was just as absorbing and real as any of Lamott's work. It seems as though people bring a bulging satchel of unrelated subtext to these reviews...so I will stick to the book at hand. Lamott's characters as always are people you feel live next door, and that you would not run if you saw coming. Rae for example is almost exactly like my late stepmother; I would give anything to meet her and let her sly humor into my life....which is what I did when I read ROSIE. I guess I've read it two or there times, and each time I revel in its treasures.....the unlikely and gritty love story, the alcoholic dilemmas which Lamott faces square on, not sparing us the ghastly details. it made me want to drink less and like myself more, ROSIE. some books are equally well written but make one want to cataopult oneself from a tall building. Lamott's work is life-affirming, funny, and tangibly human. Thank you, Annie. The only thing sloppy about this book is the praise I feel: for that I do apologize. You deserve a more dignified fan, instead I jump up and down, waving chocolate.
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Fabulous read- a truly wonderful book. Here we find Elizabeth, attempting to be the best mother she can be -while under the influence, and Rosie, a character not to be reckoned with. A sprite she is at all her five years!Rosie reconstructs the family she's longed for, and in doing so cures her mother of alcoholism. Good Job! Quirky, personal, and poignant all describe the work of Anne Lamott. Read this-you won't be dissappoined.
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If you are an Anne Lamott fan, you must read this book. If you are not familiar with the writing of Anne Lamott, you have even more reason to read this novel. Rosie is a masterpiece of characterization. Elizabeth Ferguson is an avid reader and an unemployed widow and an struggling alcoholic-a mother's whose love shines through her fog of alcoholism. Her primary love is her precocious daughter Rosie will steal your heart-sometimes she is more grow up at eight years old than her mother.
Having read Bird By Bird, I was ready for the graphic and funny style of Ms. Lamott. Being a writer, I especially aware that she knows how to put her writing advice to work in a realistic modern novel. I strongly recommend you read, this novel. Once you have started you will not be able to put it down until you are finished.
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Anne Lamott does what we want her to do: show us, the reader, a piece of her soul. In Rosie, we meet Elizabeth and Rosie. A mother-daughter team that represents a realistic slice of the new American life. Unemployed, widowed, alcoholic Elizabeth is neither pathetic or tragic. She is human, so much so, that you wish you could phone her up to come for dinner. Her daughter, the unbelievable Rosie, is an extension of her troubled passionate mother. This is a brilliant novel, easily a pick for a book club or a gift for a close friend. It's impossible not to love something about this book.
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