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A first novel by the award-winning journalist Nancy Rommelmann, The Bad Mother is set among Hollywood’s transient population of street kids. The idea for this book grew out of Rommelmann’s experiences chronicling the under-told stories of Hollywood’s various underground populations for the LA Weekly and the LA Times: a crew of Mexican gardeners working the Hollywood Hills; ...more
Nook, 150 pages
Published March 8th 2011 by Dymaxicon (first published January 1st 2010)
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Dawn
Jan 20, 2012 Dawn rated it it was ok
What a terrible title for this book. I think Poor, Uneducated, Left To Fend For Herself In a Terribly Cruel and Evil World, Child Mother would have been more appropriate. Unless, of course, the author was referring to the mothers of the child characters. But then, it would have been called Bad Mothers. The characters elicited sympathy but none of the circumstances surprised me. Must be the social worker in me.
Andrea
Jun 22, 2014 Andrea rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. The characters had an authenticity that is hard to capture unless one has had a similar experience. The author did an amazing job of capturing a few days in the lives of some LA street kids.Of course it made me cry, but nothing came off as gratuitous. Looking forward to reading more Nancy Rommelmann.
Bob
Jan 30, 2012 Bob rated it liked it
Its written well and for a short novel it does a decent job developing some of the characters. I found the content too sexually explicit for my taste. Is is really possible that street kids live this way? I want to image that this is purely fiction.
Pascale
Aug 07, 2012 Pascale rated it really liked it
Harrowing novel about street kids in Hollywood, based on the journalist author’s experience writing for Los Angeles area newspapers.
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Feb 12, 2013 Gregory rated it really liked it
This is a dirty roll in the gutter! Hard lives are hard to read about, but this is some great writing.
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Nancy Rommelmann is an award-winning journalist whose articles and profiles have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the LA Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, The Oregonian, Reason, and Byliner.

Rommelmann is the author of the novel THE BAD MOTHER (2011), THE QUEENS OF MONTAGUE STREET, a memoir of growing up in 1970s Brooklyn Heights that was excerpted in the New York Times Magazine and chosen by
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