Warner, 2003 (2002)
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Reviewed by Wesley Williamson
n this interesting but somewhat disturbing book, Rosie O'Donnell (popular talk show host, actress, and comedian) tells how she made a telephone call, and how it changed her own and other lives. Rosie has several adopted children; she funds and is deeply involved in a New Jersey adoption agency. Learning of a 14-year-old girl who had been raped and is now pregnant, Rosie impulsively called her and left a message. When the girl. Stacie, called back, Rosie offered help and began a totally obsessive relationship with the girl by phone and later by e-mail.
he relationship later includes the girl's mother, and briefly her father, and is universally disapproved of by Rosie's friends, her lawyer and her psychiatrist. But Rosie is truly and totally obsessed, and refuses to give it up, even as the scenario begins to unravel, and even after she discovers there is really no pregnant 14-year-old girl, but a very much stranger and even more disturbing situation. Rosie tells the story in simple straightforward prose, and intersperses reminiscences of her own life, and the influence of her mother who died of breast cancer when she was a child.
hough the author tells of being abused as a child, and there are passing references to her own sexuality, this is not an autobiography. Her life is presented so that the reader understands to some extent the reasons for her obsessive actions, which she very well realises could have been dangerous not only to herself, but to the others involved.
is a truly bizarre story, but certainly well worth reading, not only for its inherent interest but for the light it sheds on Rosie O'Donnell herself.
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