Alice Zorn

Five Roses

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Rose, Fara, and Maddy come from disparate backgrounds and generations, but their broken lives will soon collide in a fated series of events that will change them forever.

When Fara and her husband purchase an unwanted house with a sad history, Fara finds her own family tragedy resurfacing after many years of pushing the memories aside. Next door, Maddy lives in the former hippie commune where her baby was kidnapped and never found. She remains in hope that the child, who would be a grown woman now, might someday return.

Rose grows up isolated in a cabin in the woods, which leaves her detached from society. The death of her mother, Thérèse, pushes her into the city, where she struggles to fit in, but slowly begins to build a new life as events begin to reveal the truth of her past: lies she was told by her mother and the lies she told herself.

The setting of Montreal’s Pointe St-Charles, a dilapidated neighbourhood on the cusp of gentrification, mirrors their individual losses. Alice Zorn deftly interweaves the rich yet fragile lives of three very different women into a story of strength and friendship.
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333 printed pages
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