Rose is unsettled, curious, and bored. Life in a hippie commune is her parent's dream come true, not hers. She doesn't share their passion for living off the land, nor does she enjoy the isolation that is thrust upon her. When she convinces them to send her to public school in the nearby town, a new world opens up to her.
As she pursues her education, Rose chooses a different path, leaving her parents heartbroken at her insistence they are hiding something from her. She's convinced her father isn't the man her mother married.
Although she finds love far away from her roots and upbringing, her wounds only deepen as she keeps her family at arm’s length. What she loses during those years can only be retrieved with her understanding that “a Rose by any other name is still a Rose.”
|Product dimensions:||5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.69(d)|
|Age Range:||16 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Her debut novel, KEEP FOREVER, was inspired by her late ex-husband who battled the residual effects of the Vietnam War for decades after his return. The burden he brought home is shared by combat veterans of all conflicts, and her fictional account highlights the collateral damage encountered by family members and loved ones living with PTSD in their midst.
Her second novel, MY NAME IS ROSE, departs from her personal experiences and focuses on the collective memories of her generation. She loves writing about nostalgia and the human condition, the common denominator of our lives.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite My Name is Rose: A Novel by Alexa Kingaard is a coming of age story with powerful lessons of love and the deeper meaning of family. How far can a child drift from their roots? While her parents find life in the hippie commune idyllic and most pleasant, young Rose suffers powerful conflicting emotions. This isn’t her world and she knows it better when she is sent to a public school in a nearby town. As she is alienated from her family, she discovers love as well. But can she handle the loneliness of growing away from her family? Can she learn to accept her father again for who he is? Follow her emotional journey towards hurt, finding herself, and redefining family. I enjoy books with strong and well-developed characters and My Name is Rose: A Novel is one such book. Rose is a character that reflects the psychological and emotional challenges that young people deal with and I loved particularly how the author mirrors her personality through the process of changes and the factors that determine her reactions to reality. The premise might not be explosive, but it is interesting how the physical setting can affect someone’s personality and the quality of relationships. The story is built around the central theme of family and the writing beautifully showcases the dynamics within Rose’s family. The prose is tight, punctuated by focused scenes, well-crafted dialogues, and descriptions that add depth to the emotional aspects of the narrative. Alexa Kingaard makes characters come alive in the pages of this novel and weaves a story that entertains immensely.