The Kids Are All Right

The Kids Are All Right

By Diana Welch, Liz Welch, Amanda Welch & Dan Welch

  • Release Date: 2009-09-29
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4
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Description

A blisteringly funny, heart-scorching tale of remarkable kids shattered by tragedy and finally brought back together by love."—People

Somehow, between their 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 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.

Reviews

  • The Kids Are Alright

    5
    By Cathlikgirl
    When I first saw the title of this book, I thought it was the novel of the movie with the same name. Although I loved the movie I was happy to see I was mistaken! This is a fantastic memoir told through the voices of all four siblings. Alternately funny and sad, it is a heart-wrenching story of a family determined to stay connected throughout fate's unyielding intervention. My own mother was orphaned when she was ten. She and her five sisters were bounced around in much the same way. Perhaps that's why I felt such a strong identity to this marvelous story of family loyalty.

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