"Wolfson's writing is superb. Without so much as dipping a toe into cliche territory, her heady descriptions of love will curl into readers' souls. With a simplistic elegance to her prose, the author delivers a treasure of a read."
"Rosie Colored Glasses begins with love, imagination and wonder, then slides into haunting loss and longing, but oh, how love remains and bursts forth to fill the story."
–CAROL FITZGERALD, Bookreporter
"Brianna Wilson has done a marvelous and generous thing by writing Rosie Colored Glasses. I followed Willow with a hopeful, breaking heart, reminded how all of us, daughters, mothers, parents, children, are 'different' in so many ways, and yet so beautiful and absolutely deserving of giving and receiving our love."
–NANCY THAYER, New York Times bestselling author of Secrets in Summer
"Rosie Colored Glasses is tender and bright, a compelling novel of a young girl (who completely owned my heart) and the mother she adores and fears and needs so badly. Brianna Wolfson is a wonderful writer. She has captured so brilliantly the demons and angels of mental illness, love and longing."
–LUANNE RICE, New York Times bestselling author of The Beautiful
"A brilliant and beguiling debut exploring the highs and heartbreaking lows of love. Sparkling, insightful and honest, the Thorpe family's powerful story will stay in my thoughts for a long time."
–PHAEDRA PATRICK, author of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper
"Rosie Colored Glasses is a bittersweet, tender exploration of many kinds of love. This compelling novel, with unpredictable turns, reveals what love can save and what it can't."
–HELEN KLEIN ROSS, award-winning author of What Was Mine
"Heartbreaking and beautiful all at once... a stained glass window pieced together from shards of broken family life that create an illuminated picture of what it means to survive one's childhood."
–BUNMI LADITAN, author of Confessions of a Domestic Failure
"A great debut ... Brianna Wolfson's Rosie Colored Glasses has a voice that is irresistible."
–J.P. MONNINGER, award winning author of The Map That Leads to You
"What a wonderful, emotional ride! It's like the Ordinary People of the 21st century...such an achievement!"
–ROBYN CARR, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Summer That Made Us
"While sadness hides behind the beautiful language, the idea that children see their parents through rose-colored glasses will resonate with readers beyond the last page."
"Wolfson takes the reader into the heart...[and] demonstrates the power and limitations of love and the ability of family to heal."
Wolfson turns to the story of her own childhood and the tragic death of her mother in this first novel. Uptight Rex and carefree Rosie fell in love in New York, then 12 years later, their ten-year-old daughter Willow is navigating between the houses and lives of her divorced parents. She always sides with Rosie, who treats her children as miniature adults for fun, such as when the kids stay up all night to dance to The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Willow is increasingly troubled; she has worn the same set of clothes for years, wets her bed, and doesn't have any friends at school, but she doesn't recognize all is not well until Rosie's bouts of depression and Vicodin abuse lead her to more dangerous acts. Wolfson takes the reader into the heart of a frightened girl and shows a mother who adores her children but cannot give them what they need. VERDICT This title demonstrates the power and limitations of love and the ability of family to heal. Will appeal to readers who appreciate compelling tearjerkers without simple happy endings. [See Prepub Alert, 8/28/17.]—Jan Marry, Lanexa, VA