170th out of 287 books — 117 voters
Losing Eddie is a first novel stunningly narrated by a nameless nine-year-old who sees herself as the outsider in her own family. Inside her home, disaster draws her mother into bouts of terrible sadness and drives her father to drink. Her brother-in-law is a drinker, too, and abusive, so her sister's come home with her twin babies. Her older brother, Eddie, just out of ja...more
Paperback, 238 pages
Published January 9th 1994 by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
(first published 1993)
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Although i found it a disturbing novel, the, stark reality kept me reading and yearning for the impossible - a positive outcome. There were the odd glimmers of hope scattered through the novel, glimmers that served to emphasize the vast differences between my personal experience of childhood and that of the protagonist. it wasn't a book that I "enjoyed" but it was compelling reading.