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War of the Rosens
     

War of the Rosens

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by Janice Eidus
 

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The War of the Rosens, set in 1965, is about an eccentric Jewish family in the Bronx in which the sibling rivalry between two young sisters—one of whom is seriously ill—reaches a danger point, forcing each family member to face the limitations and complexities of love and faith.

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The War of the Rosens, set in 1965, is about an eccentric Jewish family in the Bronx in which the sibling rivalry between two young sisters—one of whom is seriously ill—reaches a danger point, forcing each family member to face the limitations and complexities of love and faith.

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In Eidus's confident fifth book, it's 1965, and 10-year-old cutie-pie Emma Rosen is navigating the rough seas of preadolescence and her temperamental Jewish family in a lower-middle-income Bronx housing project. Her often violent father, Leo, a self-righteous atheist who craves attention, dreamed of being a great novelist but instead owns a candy store; his casual flirtation with a sultry Jamaican widow threatens to blossom into a full-blown affair. Annette, Emma's migraine-plagued doormat of a mother, can barely remember her younger, prettier, idealistic self as she slaves away in the kitchen, the butt of Leo's tantrums. Emma, a budding poet who prays to the Virgin Mary, inspires intense animosity in her 13-year-old sister, May, which burns with the same red-hot intensity as May's infatuation for a classmate with princely blond good looks and manners very different from the Rosens. An old-fashioned coming-of-age tale, the book soon grows dark with crisis. Eidus (Faithful Rebecca) illuminates the inner lives of young girls on the cusp of womanhood and demonstrates abundant compassion for her often prickly characters. (Sept.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933016382
Publisher:
Behler Publications, LLC
Publication date:
08/07/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
245
Product dimensions:
6.57(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.72(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

Meet the Author


Janice Eidus: Janice Eidus has received numerous awards, including two O.Henry Prizes for her short stories, as well as a Redbook Prize, a Pushcart Prize, a National Writers Voice Residency Award, and a Money for Women/Barbara Deming Fellowship. Her work appears in such anthologies as The OxfordBook of Jewish Stories; Neurotica: Jewish Writers on Sex; and, Growing Up Female. Her four highly acclaimed books are The Celibacy Club, Vito Loves Geraldine, Urban Bliss, and Faithful Rebecca.

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War of the Rosens 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reading this book was an absolute pleasure. Not that the subject matter is easy to feel good about, it's simply that Janice's characters are so real and so likable, even amid all their sometimes tragic flaws, I could not wait to find out what happened to them. This is a beautiful book about growing up in the violent, often spiritually impoverished New York of 1965. The domestic violence is so clearly depicted that it can be harrowing to read about, yet the underlying innocence of the characters and the love that informs and motivates them, will give you a lot of hope. This is not a story you will soon forget.