“Perfect is boring.” Well, 1982 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 together. But all that changed with the death of their mother. While nineteen year-old Amanda was legally on her own, the three younger siblings—Liz, 16; Dan, 14 and Diana, 8—were each dispersed to a different set of family friends.

Told in the alternating voices of the four siblings, this memoir tells their poignant, harrowing story of 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.

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Happy Birthday, Mom. Posted by Diana Welch May 18th, 2012

I woke up thinking about my mother today, only to realize that today she’d be 77 years old. Then, I checked my email to find that one of her thoughtful fans, Monika E. Cotrill, sent us some old newspaper articles that I had never seen.

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Reader Response Posted by Diana Welch January 31st, 2012

This one is from Macey, one brave – and tough – 15 year old girl.

“I originally got this book randomly in my high school library because I had to do an oral presentation on a non-fiction book. This was before Christmas break. I had only read the first 20 pages or so up until a couple weeks ago.”

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