praise

“In indelible voices, each Welch contradicts, embellishes or supports the others’ memories, creating a blisteringly funny, heart-scorching tale of remarkable kids shattered by tragedy and finally brought back together by love.”

Caroline Leavitt, October 5, 2009, People Magazine

“[The Welches] deftly pass the narrative baton from one to another, and the resulting book is both well crafted and beautifully written, not to mention tremendously engrossing and moving.  I couldn’t put it down and came to love and respect every member of this singular family.”

Peter Cameron, October 2009, O Magazine

“Starting with the title’s pun, this unusual account will leave readers musing over memory’s slippery nature; the imperfect, enduring bonds of family; and the human heart’s remarkable resilience.”

Gillian Engberg, September 15 2009, Booklist

“After the suspicious demise of Dad and loss of Mom to cancer, the orphaned 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.”

Elissa Schappell, September 2009, Vanity Fair

“… A love-filled but often fraught dialogue, and the reader is a privileged silent witness to their testimony. A brutally honest book that captures the journey of four people too young to face the challenges they nevertheless had to face.”

August 2009, Kirkus Review

“This touching, funny memoir about their separate lives and eventual reunion is an ode to the strength of sibling bonds”

September 2009, Cookie Magazine

“The Kids Are All Right is one of those can’t-stop-reading-until-you’re-done books—so don’t start reading it, as I did, at 10pm, or you’ll lose a night of sleep to the Dickensian circumstances of the Welch children. Told with humor, compassion and humility, and teeming with priceless 80s teenage cultural references, this story of parentless children learning to parent each other grabbed hold of my heart and never let  go.”

Heidi Julavits, author of The Uses of Enchantment

“The Welch kids grew up like secret agents.  Orphans and adventurers in Reagan’s ’80s, young Amanda, Liz, Dan and Diana were everywhere and nowhere: bluffing their way into nightclubs (when they shouldn’t even have been driving), doing homework without a home, making out with rockstars, and then making each other breakfast, lunch, dinner—because who else was there to do it? This is a tragic, and heroic story that precisely maps a decade, and reads like a spy thriller.  The Welch kids are legendary!”

Sean Wilsey, author of Oh The Glory of it All

“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 manage in the aftermath of unthinkable loss. The intelligence and strength of the Welch kids confirmed my belief that anything is possible when brothers and sisters come out of tragedy together.”

Danielle Trussoni, author of Falling Through the Earth

“The Kids Are All Right—ingenious, heartfelt, prismatic—is funny and painful in its chronicling of how the chaos of “normal” childhood can transform into something frighteningly free form. Here, despite the milieu of privilege (and sometimes because of it), there is hardly the thinnest of buffers as reality at large begins its assault. Each member of this wry, self-deprecating gang recounts his or her story of survival in a way that bumps up against, amplifies, harmonizes with, and even contradicts the others’. Theirs is the fierce and complex love of siblings, and their clear-eyed choral storytelling is a revelation.”

Daphne Beal, author of In the Land of No Right Angles

“This is the story of a family that circumstances tried to destroy but love and loyalty saved. It is impressive, affirming and almost impossible to put down. READ THIS BOOK!!!”

Jackie Blem, Tattered Cover Book Store, Denver, CO

“I can’t wait for The Kids Are All Right to hit bookstore shelves—you’ll leap to your feet with happiness on finishing this affecting family memoir. The Welch siblings start out in a typical suburban upbringing, but along the way… life happens. They’re devastated when their adored dad passes away, only to lose their mom a short time later. Suddenly we see four kids—aged 19, 16, 14 and eight—in need of homes, care, love and family. They overcome great odds to keep moving forward and stay connected. They live through hardship but remain lively and resilient. Amanda perfects high school house parties into an art form, mixes music tapes to share with her siblings and takes sister Liz clubbing in New York on school breaks. In short, they all find ways to be kids. Like Jeannette Walls’s The Glass Castle, Diana, Dan, Liz and Amanda Welch have written an intense, vibrant glimpse into their lives—an extraordinary saga you’ll love reading and recommending.”

Marylin Smith, Manager of Buyers, Kepler’s Books and Music, Palo Alto, CA