with Dan Welch and Amanda Welch
On Sale: September 29, 2009
Featuring: Amanda Welch; Dan Welch; Liz Welch
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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.
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
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