Book-club alert! Dilloway’s exquisite little novel, about a biology teacher who breeds roses so she won’t have to think about her kidney disease, brims with all the heart-tugging appeal of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. When she’s not shuttling between school and the dialysis clinic, Gal Garner putters about happily in her greenhouse — until the day her sullen teenage niece shows up on her doorstep. Sound schmaltzy? You bet. But Dilloway’s keen prose and an unexpected ending lift The Care and Handling of Roses With Thorns above mere schmaltz into something special. B+
ROSE GARDEN Despite its heavy dose of schmaltz, the beautifully-written novel is worth a read for its ending alone
Genre: Fiction; Author: Margaret Dilloway; Publisher: Putnam
Posted August 10 2012 — 12:00 AM EDT
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