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The Forgotten Roses by Deborah Doucette
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Rebecca Griffin has everything she could ever want – or so says her big-hearted, opinionated Italian-American family. But now her marriage is unraveling and her teenage daughter is hurtling toward self-destruction. While Rebecca struggles to hang onto her husband and save her daughter, she learns of the mysterious death of a young woman long ago at a local prison. As Rebecca’s mother, Eva, reveals their family’s connection to the girl, Rebecca is drawn into the story – it haunts her. A search for answers takes Rebecca from her small idyllic New England town, to the congested streets of East Boston and the tight-knit Italian neighborhood where most of her family still resides. As she tries to dig up the facts of the young girl’s life and violent death, the puzzle pieces in Rebecca’s life begin to take shape and she faces the difficult truth about her husband, Drew. Rebecca, her troubled daughter, Dana, and an enigmatic figure from the past, unknowingly embark on a collision course one desperate autumn night when the answers they seek come to light in the most forgotten of places from the most innocent of messengers.
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Praise for The Forgotten Roses
“The Forgotten Roses finds a way to be both harrowing and humorous. Doucette weaves a dark tale (laced with deftly comedic underpinnings) in a New England town rife with rumor, mystery, and murder, all under a thin veil of magic. This clever, multi-layered, multi-generational book has a warm local flavor made hot with Italian-American spice...Doucette knows her characters intimately and what she describes—from gardens to grandmothers—and marriage to mayhem feels genuine and oddly familiar. More than simply drawing sketches, Doucette paints portraits of characters which make them come alive as we read, makes us feel we know them, even though, sometimes, we would rather not. Let Doucette capture and pull you in with her words, so that she can frighten, amuse and mystify you with her droll inner dialog, excellent descriptive capacity and wise-cracking mind. A mystery. A treat. A great read.”
─C. Anthony Martignetti, Author of Beloved Demons and Lunatic Heroes
“In The Forgotten Roses, Deborah Doucette spins a harrowing tale of three women and their shared journey into an entangled and deeply disturbing past. Doucette is a fresh new voice, and her lush, lyrical prose stays with you long after you’ve read the last line.”
─Kim Triedman, Author of The Other Room and Plum(b)
“The Forgotten Roses is a mesmerizing story that pulls readers into the lives of three women drawn together by a young woman's mysterious and tragic death. Deborah Doucette's novel is beautifully written with characters that are rich, complex and memorable. A spell-binding novel.”
─Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Barbara Walsh, author of August Gale: A Father and Daughter's Journey into the Storm.