Five Roses by Alice Zorn
In Five Roses by Alice Zorn, Fara and her husband buy a house with a disturbing history that reawakens memories of her own family tragedy. Maddy still lives in the house, once a hippie commune, where her daughter was kidnapped twenty-seven years ago. Rose grew up isolated with her mother in the backwoods north of Montreal. Now in the city, she questions the silence and deception that shaped her upbringing. In Montreal, Fara, Maddy, and Rose meet in a historic rundown neighborhood on the cusp of gentrification. Against a backdrop of abandonment, loss, and revitalization, the women must confront troubling secrets in order to rebuild their lives. Five Roses is one of ten titles shortlisted for 2017’s Evergreen Award and can be requested through the Haliburton County Public Library.
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