Item description for The War of the Rosens by Janice Eidus...
The War of the Rosens is as fierce, unflinching and tender as its feisty ten year-old heroine, Emma Rosen. Growing up in the mid-60's in the Bronx, Emma carries the weight of the world and the fate of her volatile, unpredictable family on her small shoulders. Emma, a budding poet seeks answers to questions about the nature of good and evil while struggling with an alternately brutal and loving father, a meek and "lost" mother, and a spiteful older sister.
While the Rosens ricochet off life's hard knocks, 13-year-old May, Emma's sister, keeps her physical symptoms a secret because of her fear of doctors. When tragedy strikes the family, it is Emma, with a tenacious spirit and an indomitable imagination who, through the power of love and the force of the written word, instigates her family's salvation.
The Rosens are dreamers. They are all trying to change things, to map their own dreams of a world in which the meanings of 'Faith' and 'Love' will one day be fully understood and realized, to create some possibility of a future, which becomes the most essential dream of all.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2007
Publisher Behler Publications
ISBN 1933016388 ISBN13 9781933016382
Reviews - What do customers think about The War of the Rosens?
Not your everyday disfunctional family Dec 28, 2007
A cousin of mine lives in Italy and her women's book group is considering inviting the author, Janice Eidus, of War of the Rosens to participate in their fall event. So she asked me to read it. The author is new to me and she is a deceptively powerful writer. I don't know how she did it but eventhough this age group, location, the projects in the Bronx in 1965, were totally foreign to me, I was there! It taught me that you don't have to identify with characters or their circumstances inorder to appreciate fine writing and poignancy.Do yourself a favor..read it, buy it!
Didn't want to put it down..... Oct 27, 2007
I found myself so engrossed in the Rosen family, that I read this book in 3 days. The characters were unusual, complex, yet sympathetic despite their flaws. They continue to linger with me, and I'm looking forward to the next book. (I also recommend "The Celibacy Club"--a short story collection by the same author. The first story "Elvis, Axl, and Me" is hysterical!)
A funny and touching book for all time. Oct 22, 2007
I loved this book! I didn't think I would at first. Why would I be interested in a coming-of-age tale of a 10 year old girl? But Janice Eidus is such a talented writer. Before long, the reader discovers that this is more than the little girl's story. Eidus has an amazing ability to explore the actions and inner feelings of all of the book's main characters. I feel as if I've come to know these characters as well as I have ever known any fictional family. Also, while Eidus does a wonderful job of depicting the lives and times of Bronx in the 1960's, her story is universal. The issues faced by the Rosen family, crises of religious faith, love and fidelity between husbands and wives, sibling rivalries, adolescent love, tensions between parents and children, and questions of illness and mortality will resound with readers of any time and from any background. The book made me laugh and cry and I recommend it highly.
War of the Rosens is wonderful! Sep 22, 2007
This is a novel about the relationships among and between a mother and father and two daughters. The narrator reveals her family; her father whose politics put him at odds with the rest of the neighbors, her mother who works hard to care for husband and daughters, and her sister with whom she has tremendous sibling rivalry.
In one incident, the ten-year-old narrator sneaks into a Catholic church and has a conversation with the Virgin Mary. She dips her hand into the holy water font and fears that she has baptized herself.
I have met the writer and plan to read her other books.
I was sorry when it ended Aug 23, 2007
A book about a 10-year old Jewish girl in the Bronx seemed to me an unlikely page-turner, but I found this a compelling read. The social milieu is well-defined, and the characters are alive. Eidus does not shy away from portraying the little black corners of the two sisters' hearts (nasty characters are always more interesting), but the ultimate result of this 'war' is not devastation, but creation. Her quirky sense of humor(great names, for example)keep things moving along. I look forward to a sequel.