About the Book

Failure To Zigzag

Failure To Zigzag

A Novel
March 2000
Trade Paperback · 336 Pages
$16.95 U.S. · €11.99 E.U.
ISBN 9781582430768


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It's southern California in the early Sixties, and Charlotte is a teenager, which is bad enough. She also has strange grandparents, with whom she lives, a schizophrenic ventriloquist alcoholic mother who appears and disappears regularly from her life, and only vague information about the father who died before Charlotte was born.

With so much craziness in the family, Charlotte figures, whether it's "nature" or "nurture," she's doomed. In Failure to Zigzag, Jane Vandenburgh gracefully zigzags between hilarity and sorrow as she recounts Charlotte's attempts to grow up and to practice "sanity as a form of revenge."

About the Author

Jane Vandenburgh is the author of The Physics of Sunset. She lives in Washington D.C.