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The Kids Are All Right by Diana Welch and Liz Welch with Amanda Welch and Dan Welch - Excerpt

The Kids Are All Right by Diana Welch and Liz Welch with Amanda Welch and Dan Welch - Excerpt

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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.

To read more about The Kids Are All Right or the authors please visit Crown Publishing Group at wwww.crownpublishing.com
“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.

To read more about The Kids Are All Right or the authors please visit Crown Publishing Group at wwww.crownpublishing.com

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Publish date: Sep 14, 2010
Added to Scribd: Aug 23, 2010
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Winner of the 2010 Alex Award
“In indelible voices, each Welch contradicts, embellishes,or supports theothers’ memories, creating a blisteringly funny, heart-scorching tale of re-markable kids shattered by tragedy and finally brought back together by love.” — 
People 
(3.5/4 stars)“After the suspicious demise of Dad and loss of Mom to cancer, the or-phaned Welch children were split up; now grown, and in rocking chorus,Diana, Liz, Amanda, and Dan Welch explain how in the world
The Kids Are  All Right.
 — 
Vanity Fair 
“Flat-out harrowing.” — 
The Daily News
“Hooks readers’attention from the first jarring sentence and doesn’t let gountil the very last poignant moment. This memoir reads like a fictionalnarrative, and readers may find themselves unable to put it down, en-thralled as if it were a page-turning murder mystery.” — 
The Daily Texan
“This book carried me along with such speed and emotion and intimacythat I felt cast in the role as their imaginary friend. This book is their song,and it will rock you.” — 
Parker Posey
 praise for 
the kids are all right
 
“The Welch family’s multi-vocal story is impossible to put down. I read
The Kids Are All Right 
with awe at the resilience and hope a family can managein the aftermath of unthinkable loss. The intelligence and strength of theWelch kids confirmed my belief that anything is possible when brothers andsisters come out of tragedy together.” —Danielle Trussoni, author of 
Falling Through the Earth
and
  Angelology
“This is a tragic and heroic story that precisely maps a decade and reads likea spy thriller. The Welch kids are legendary!” —Sean Wilsey, author of 
Oh the Glory of It All 
“Told with humor, compassion,and humility, and teeming with priceless’80s references, this story of parentless children learning to parent eachother grabbed hold of my heart (and attention) and refused to let go.Don’t start reading
The Kids Are All Right,
as I did, at 10p.m., or you’ll losea night of sleep.” —Heidi Julavits, author of 
The Uses of Enchantment 
The Kids Are All Right 
 —ingenious, heartfelt, prismatic—is funny andpainful in its chronicling of how the chaos of ‘normal’childhood cantransform into something frighteningly free form. . . . Theirs is the fierceand complex love of siblings, and their clear-eyed choral storytelling is arevelation.” —Daphne Beal, author of 
In the Land of No Right Angles
“This unusual account will leave readers musing over memory’s slippery nature; the imperfect, enduring bonds of family; and the human heart’s re-markable resilience.” — 
Booklist 
“. . . A love-filled but often fraught dialogue, and the reader is a privilegedsilent witness to their testimony. A brutally honest book that captures the journey of four people too young to face the challenges they neverthelesshad to face. — 
Kirkus Reviews

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