Arrivals and Departures from Normal by Lana Jean Rose

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"A girl raised in a dysfunctional family struggles to make it on her own in this plot-thin yet colorful and dark novel.The book elicits empathy by allowing readers inside the protagonist’s deepest thoughts. The novel’s big failing lies in its lack of important plot structure, and no clear narrative hook or main dramatic conflict to be resolved."
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A naïve teenage girl in her senior year of high school comes home to find all her belongings packed and sitting on the front porch. Airstream's abusive father, who silently laments the loss of his baseball career, and a mother, who lives in a world convinced she is Cleopatra before Cleopatra was Cleopatra, have decided Air is a "commie-pinko" since she reads Ramparts and the Berkeley Barb.

From an early age, Air realized in order to survive her bizarre family life she had to protect her authentic self. Whimsical, innately talented, and fiercely independent by nature, Air struggles to piece her life together as she finds herself continually caught in you've-got-to-be-kidding-me circumstances.

The author marvelously portrays heart retching stories with wit and humor. Despite being emotionally abandoned by her parents, Air becomes an engrossing, strong and fascinating young woman, determined to be a successful artist without any formal training.

Ingenious and persistent, Air is on a mission to confront her demons and multi-personalities, surmounting the endless, inexplicable far-fetched absurdly funny bumps in the road to prove she is lovable and worthy of love. Air's life path is far from normal.

 

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Published October 30, 2015 by iUniverse. 406 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Above average
on Jan 25 2016

"A girl raised in a dysfunctional family struggles to make it on her own in this plot-thin yet colorful and dark novel.The book elicits empathy by allowing readers inside the protagonist’s deepest thoughts. The novel’s big failing lies in its lack of important plot structure, and no clear narrative hook or main dramatic conflict to be resolved."

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