In Imperfect Birds (Riverhead, $15), Anne Lamott returns to characters she introduced in Rosie and Crooked Little Heart. Rosie Ferguson, now a senior in high school, is experimenting with drugs and boys, lying to her parents, and spinning slowly and surely out of control. Her mother and stepfather try to rein in Rosie’s behavior, but she continues to deceive them, testing the limits to see what she can get away with. Lamott’s family drama deals with the denial and deception that goes along with substance abuse, and her prose is frank, true, and often very funny even in the most emotionally charged scenes.
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