By Deborah Digges
Stephen Digges is the type of offended adolescent loads of mom and dad may have given up on. he's uncontrolled by the point he's thirteen -- working with gangs, stealing vehicles, playing around with medicinal drugs and weapons, and ordinarily making his family’s lifestyles hell. faced together with his turning out to be recklessness and defiance, his mom, the poet Deborah Digges, comes to a decision to attempt to just accept Stephen on his personal terms--a path that stuns her kinfolk and ends up in the breakup of her moment marriage. Digges “shadows” him on his late-night forays in order that she will comprehend his global, welcomes his gang into their residence, and attempts to determine existence via his eyes. whilst she discovers that youngsters who're dedicated to animals have a neater time forming attachments to people, she fills their domestic with a menagerie of ill or deserted pets. She additionally turns to an unconventional therapist who deals strange — yet valuable — treatment.
The Stardust Lounge isn’t your traditional tale of rebellious formative years. the ability of Digges’s memoir comes from her obdurate unwillingness to renounce on Stephen. even if issues are roughest, Digges manages to determine the clever, delicate baby at the back of the adverse habit. notwithstanding tricky the trail she chooses, her tale is finally a heartening one, and it’s most unlikely to not root for this relations because it rebuilds itself.