• by Jennifer Lauck
  • Narrated by Jennifer Lauck
  • 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

With the startling emotional immediacy of a fractured family photo album, Jennifer Lauck's incandescent memoir is the story of an ordinary girl growing up at the turn of the 1970's and the truly extraordinary circumstances of a childhood lost. Wrenching and unforgettable, Blackbird will carry your heart away.The house on Mary Street was home to Jennifer; her older brother B.J.; their hardworking father, who smelled like aftershave and read her Snow White; and their mother, who called her little daughter Sunshine and embraced Jackie Kennedy's sense of style. Through a child's eyes, the skies of Carson City were forever blue, and life was perfect- a world of Barbies, Bewitched, and the Beatles.Even her mother's pain from her mysterious illness could be patted away with hairspray, powder, and a kiss on the cheek... But soon, everything Jennifer has come to love and rely on begins to crumble, sending her on a roller coaster of loss and loneliness. In a world unhinged by tragedy, where beautiful mothers die and families are warped by more than they can bear, a young girl must transcend a landscape of pain and mistreatment to discover her richest resource: her own unshakable will to survive.


What the Critics Say

2000 Winner of Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award: Biography/Memoir
"The unblinking look of one child at a hard world. Written gorgeously and movingly." (Frank McCourt, author of Angela's Ashes)


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Customer Reviews

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I found the book to begin a bit slowly. But, when the author's life begins to fall apart, I was drawn into a family drama that amazed me. That one can survive, seemingly intact, from so many difficulties, the indifference of some, and the cruelty of a few affirms my belief in the resilience of people.
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- Tom

Such a touching story

Great read. Only Jennifer could read this. So touching to see through child's eyes and capture exactly how a child at that age thinks.
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- Mary Illes

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-27-2000
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio