The Kids Are All Right

The Kids Are All Right

A Memoir

Book - 2009
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“Perfect is boring.”

Well, 1983 certainly wasn’t boring for the Welch family. Somehow, between their handsome father’s mysterious death, their glamorous soap-opera-star mother’s cancer diagnosis, and a phalanx of lawyers intent on bankruptcy proceedings, the four Welch siblings managed to handle each new heartbreaking misfortune in the same way they dealt with the unexpected arrival of the forgotten-about Chilean exchange student–together.

All that changed with the death of their mother. While nineteen-year-old Amanda was legally on her own, the three younger siblings–Liz, sixteen; Dan, fourteen; and Diana, eight–were each dispatched to a different set of family friends. Quick-witted and sharp-tongued, Amanda headed for college in New York City and immersed herself in an ’80s world of alternative music and drugs. Liz, living with the couple for whom she babysat, followed in Amanda’s footsteps until high school graduation when she took a job in Norway as a nanny. Mischievous, rebellious Dan, bounced from guardian to boarding school and back again, getting deeper into trouble and drugs. And Diana, the red-haired baby of the family, was given a new life and identity and told to forget her past. But Diana’s siblings refused to forget her–or let her go.

Told in the alternating voices of the four siblings, their poignant, harrowing story of un­breakable bonds unfolds with ferocious emotion. Despite the Welch children’s wrenching loss and subsequent separation, they retained the resilience and humor that both their mother and father endowed them with–growing up as lost souls, taking disastrous turns along the way, but eventually coming out right side up. The kids are not only all right; they’re back together.

Baker & Taylor
A family story told from the revolving viewpoints of its four children describes how they lost both of their parents and their privileged lifestyle early in life before being separated into different homes, where they struggled to achieve independence and find one another.

Baker
& Taylor

A family story told from the viewpoints of its four children describes how they lost their parents and their privileged lifestyle and were separated into different homes, where they struggled to achieve independence and find one another.
The poignant, harrowing story of four siblings--Amanda, Liz, Dan, and Diana Welch--who despite their wrenching loss and subsequent separation, retained the resilience and humor that both their mother and father endowed them with--growing up as lost souls, taking disastrous turns along the way, but eventually coming out right side up and being together again.

Publisher: New York : Harmony Books, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307396044
0307396045
Branch Call Number: 362.733 WEL
Characteristics: 334 p. : ill. ; 25 cm

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Aug 14, 2012

This book chronicles the life of the 4 Welch children (told in their own words) who lost their father in a (mysterious?) car accident and three years later their mother, to cancer. With the oldest child being a teenager when this all happens, we found out how this family copes with this dramatic change. Their retell of their loss and struggles is so honest, you can't help but cry. It is such a heartbreaking story, but at the same time it's a happy one because this family is so bonded and supportive of one another.

It was hard to put this book down.

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JUGEY
Mar 29, 2011

Really liked it and recommend

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