The Rose Thieves

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The Rose Thieves gives us the Vanderwald family: flamboyant, hot-tempered Lila, who feels trapped living in a small New England town; her sentimental, eternally optimistic husband, a failed futures-market investor; and their children. An affectionate daughter steals flowers from gardens all over town for her big sister's sixteenth birthday. A tea party for the local minister is turned upside down by a four-year-old's remark. Sheep wander through the kitchen, an enraged mother swan menaces the sisters as their own...

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Overview

The Rose Thieves gives us the Vanderwald family: flamboyant, hot-tempered Lila, who feels trapped living in a small New England town; her sentimental, eternally optimistic husband, a failed futures-market investor; and their children. An affectionate daughter steals flowers from gardens all over town for her big sister's sixteenth birthday. A tea party for the local minister is turned upside down by a four-year-old's remark. Sheep wander through the kitchen, an enraged mother swan menaces the sisters as their own mother entertains a possible lover, and, after a near-disaster, Lila proclaims "We faced death; death couldn't face us!" Amidst the chaos, Kate, the oldest daughter, practices piano because "Haydn will give order to everything, if only you play him right."

With wit, natural artistry, and a keen eye for the absurd, Heidi Jon Schmidt effortlessly weaves stories of strange but all-too-real family life.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
These loosely connected stories, many of which have been previously published, take us inside a family that is by turns beguiling and exasperating. We follow the peregrinations of a couple, who eventually divorce, and their four children as they are beset by economic instability and emotional waywardness. Ma, a volatile, fey beauty, and Pa, a stockbroker whose sentimentality interferes with his professional and personal relationships, remain unscathed in their drafty house in an arcadian New England, as their children grow into awareness of their parents' conflicts and adjust to them. Kate, the eldest, entering adulthood, observes their reckless, attractive demeanor: ``My family loves a crisis, a chance to drop all the tedious ordinary chores and surrender ourselves to emotion.'' Schmidt's first collection is an entertaining coming-of-age chronicle that captures the rueful humor in family ambiguities. (Sept.)
Library Journal
This delightful story is reminiscent of looking through a family picture album and recalling the events that took place on the day the photo was taken. Vignettes, appearing as the chapters in the book, build a vivid image of the lives of the four Vanderwald children and their mismatched parents in rural New England. The book covers 30 years and includes a realistic mix of good and bad events and memories, a realism that makes the work both personal and believable: the reader comes to know the Vanderwalds, warts and all. Schmidt's work includes very carefully chosen vocabulary. The result is precise and elegant phrasing that conjures up a mental picture as clear as a good snapshot. A very fine book for a general audience.-- Joanna M. Burkhardt, Univ. of Connecticut at Torrington Lib.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312288327
  • Publisher: Picador
  • Publication date: 10/1/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 158
  • Sales rank: 1,026,118
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Heidi Jon Schmidt is the author of Darling? and The Bride of Catastrophe. She lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

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