Imperfect Birds by Anne Lamott
“Trying to reason with an addict is like trying to blow out a light bulb.” I’ve been reading a lot of fiction about addiction this year and Imperfect Birds succeeds in that way, and in others. It’s actually the best Anne Lamott book I’ve ever read but I very famously find her trite and annoying, so take that for what it is. This is the story of a girl who’s an addict. She’s 16 years old and believes her behavior is normal – which is the obsession of every addiction – proving our behavior is normal. Hers isn’t though. She gets herself into some trouble and her parents finally take some pretty serious actions. Speaking of her parents, her mom’s a sober drunk and her dad’s in Al-Anon so this is definitely a book that handles addition from a lot of different angles: child of the alcoholic, child alcoholic, recovering alcoholic, mother of an alcoholic, father of an alcoholic, husband of an alcoholic, Al-Anon person . . . that’s a lot of angles!