Iris Apple is like most teens in the 1950s except for two things: She's the granddaughter of Boston's most notorious bookie and she suspects her father murdered her mother.
But how can she prove it?
The cat and mouse game with her father began on her tenth birthday-the day her mother was gunned down-and tension reigns through her teen years. They live in her family's Kenmore Square rooming house, a haven for Boston's down and outs and where her motherless drama plays out.
When Iris turns eighteen, she defies her father and sets out to discover the truth about her mother's demise. Teaming up with Madame Charlemagne, a has-been cabaret singer who lives at the rooming house, Iris learns that a nearby innkeeper holds keys to the puzzle. Instead, she discovers a web of secrets and transgressions that are entangled with hers. Mustering all the courage she has, Iris must unravel the dark webs to bring truth and love into her life.
|Publisher:||Champlain Avenue Books, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Carol June lives in Sandwich, MA, and Fort Myers, FL with her husband.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Carol Hoyer for Reader Views (1/17) “Kenmore Square” by Carol June Stover is the story of Iris Apple. Iris grew up in the 1950s during a time when illegal gambling, mysterious murders, and poverty were a common lifestyle in Boston. She lived in a rundown rooming house with her father and mother. Her father, whom she called “Nick,” was mean, shady, and a braggart. He loved to tell tall stories about his dad, who was a notorious bookie in Boston - until he wasn’t anymore. At the age of 10, Iris’ mother is murdered and Nick can’t tell her what happened or why. She knows he is hiding something and is determined to investigate and find the truth. With the help of one of the boarders, Madame Charlemagne, Iris finds out more that she wants to know about her so-called family. Because she is constantly asking questions about her mother, Nick enlists the help of his sister Beatrice to care for the child. Beatrice and Nick haven’t spoken to one another in years due to the fact she can tell when he is lying and calls him on it. Beatrice is a lot like Nick in that she likes to be in control and loves belittling others to get her way. When Iris turns eighteen, she meets another innkeeper who knows her mother and the history of her real father. After several visits to this inn, Iris learns some shocking truths from Buffy, the innkeeper. However, due to Buffy’s health, Iris and Madame Charlemagne find themselves tending to the inn after Buffy is taken to the hospital. Enter, Buffy’s son who has been absent for several years. Together, they start to uncover more startling information and discover a human head buried in the backyard of the inn. Stover does a fantastic job of re-creating the 1950s, right down to the smells, dress, and seedy characters. She introduces the characters in a timely manner and readers will find they love them or hate them. Written with true passion, and supported by phenomenal research, “Kenmore Square” by Carol June Stover is an easy-to-read, can’t-put-it-down book.
Reviewed by Jessyca Garcia for Readers' Favorite I loved reading Kenmore Square by Carol June Stover. The story follows an awkward teenager named Iris Apple. When Iris’s mother is murdered in a robbery on her 10th birthday, Iris suspects her father committed the crime. When she turns eighteen, she and her best friend Madame Charlemagne attempt to solve the mystery of her mother’s murder while discovering a bunch of family secrets on the way. Kenmore Square is a story filled with secrets and memorable characters. I loved the main character, Iris Apple, with her awkward personality and love for pigeons. Stover made her seem like a real person with real problems such as being dyslexic. I felt Iris was personally telling me her story when reading the book. I also really liked how she helped Madame Charlemagne with her agoraphobia and included her in all her plans. Kenmore Square is a book filled with a lot of secrets. I thought I had figured out all the secrets and their answers, which I guessed wrong, because Stover surprised me with more secrets. The ending was a little expected, but left me with a satisfied feeling. Kenmore Square is an easy read and the way Stover introduces the mystery and secrets a little at a time keeps the reader interested. The tone of this book makes it good for people of all ages. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more of Stover’s work. I would like to see a story about Madame Charlemagne’s life, because I think she has a few interesting skeletons in her closet. I recommend this book to anyone who loves mysteries.