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Key Themes: North American author, fiction, relationships
'Gathering Roses' is a young adult novel with a much wider appeal. Introverted and studious Lori Solomon meets nonconformist Grateful Dead follower, Nick Warren, and soon finds herself on a seemingly endless carnival ride with him. Although not always apparent to Lori, it is Nick's precarious health condition that seems to underlie his outlook on life, influencing what he expects to get out of it as well as what he feels he needs to put into it.
Ellen's takes a modern and novel appoach to writing fiction, as well as using prose she also uses email conversations to tell her story. This is a delightful book, a most enjoyable read.
About the Author
Ellen Weisberg has a Ph.D. in pharmacology and is actively involved in leukemia research. She also does part-time weather broadcasting for radio. A member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), Ellen's writing credentials include a short story, entitled 'Fruit of the Vine', and poem, entitled 'If Only', published in 'PKA's Advocate', and a children's U.S. geography book, entitled 'Friends and Mates in Fifty States', co-authored by her husband, Ken Yoffe, and which is being published by Minnesota-based Galde Press. Finally, Ellen is an illustrator for e-cards and print cards developed by Mountain Mist Productions.
Lori's internship at the radio station continued. She was assigned to start working some of her weekend shifts apart from Nick, and instead alongside ayoung woman named Helga. Like Lori, Helga had limited experience in radio and was training as she worked on the job. The conversations Lori had with her were short and focused only on the tasks at hand, which made for a very different atmosphere than the one Lori had grown accustomed to working alongside Nick. It also made for an atmosphere that she didn't enjoy nearly as much.
It was the evening after a long day of battling stream after stream of whiny complaints from Prima Donna talk show hosts, while taking care to press all the right buttons and shift levers in a timely fashion. Lori settled comfortably in her seat and looked over at Helga, ready to reflect on what she thought was a decent day's work, when the control room door opened. A frazzled, bearded black man stood a few feet away from the girls, pinching an inkless pen tightly between his thumb and forefinger. He tossed the pen angrily into a nearby garbage can.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I finished 'Gathering Roses' on Sunday. I liked it. It did take me a few chapters to settle in, probably because it's not my usual style of book. (You're right, it's edgy.) But once I got started, I finished it in one sitting. It was well-written, interesting, the characters were well-drawn, and the dialogue was excellent. Excellent book! Anyway, I'm impressed. I'm not surprised you found a publisher. Take care, hope work gets easier.
Lori Soloman is a college student and she is interning at a local radio station as she searches for her career goal and learns about life. Ellen Weisberg uses emails and conversations to introduce us to Lori¿s many friends and lets us see their quirks and needs. Lori struggles with the overwhelming advice from her friends. She learns about deceit, lies, tricks, and hidden meanings, and she learns about affection, caring, commitment, grief and loss. A sobering story. Review by Wanda C. Keesey