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In Search of the Rose Notes
by Emily Arsenault


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A very clever wordsmith. New York Times Book Review

When Emily Arsenault was growing up, a teacher told the fifth-grader she was very good at writing. Give that teacher an A. Hartford Courant

Emily Arsenault s compelling debut, Broken Teaglass, was resoundingly praised ( Quirky and inventive...meets all the definitions of a good read.  Read more...


 
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More About In Search of the Rose Notes by Emily Arsenault
 
 
 
Overview

A very clever wordsmith. New York Times Book Review

When Emily Arsenault was growing up, a teacher told the fifth-grader she was very good at writing. Give that teacher an A. Hartford Courant

Emily Arsenault s compelling debut, Broken Teaglass, was resoundingly praised ( Quirky and inventive...meets all the definitions of a good read. Richmond Times-Dispatch). With her intelligent, complex, and ingeniously crafted sophomore offering, In Search of the Rose Notes, Arsenault validates her standing as an exhilarating new voice in contemporary fiction. A moody and engrossing mystery, In Search of the Rose Notes follows two best friends from childhood who once unsuccessfully investigated the disappearance of their teenage babysitter, and now, in their twenties, attempt once again to uncover the truth. Readers who love the literary, female focused mysteries of Laura Lippman, Tana French, and Jennifer McMahon will be thrilled to add Emily Arsenault to their must-read lists."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780062012326
  • ISBN-10: 0062012320
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Company
  • Publish Date: July 2011
  • Page Count: 369


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Books > Fiction > Mystery & Detective - General

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2011-05-30
  • Reviewer: Staff

Arsenault follows her well-received debut, The Broken Teaglass, with a compelling psychological mystery, told from the alternating point of view of the 20-something narrator and her confused preteen self. In 1990, 11-year-old Nora and her best friend, 11-year-old Charlotte, spend many hours with their beloved babysitter, 16-year-old Rose Banks, exploring their dreams, watching scary movies, and poring through Time-Life books about the paranormal. Then Rose suddenly disappears. The girls' obsessive efforts to divine what happened eventually lead to the end of their close relationship. Sixteen years later, Rose's body is found, the case reopened. At Charlotte's insistence, Nora, the last person to see Rose alive, returns home to Waverly, Conn., where it strikes her that her old friends have never really moved on; all harbor both questions and secrets about Rose. Instead of dwelling on fear and pain, Arsenault guides the reader through grief, compassion, and understanding in this emotionally complex and deeply satisfying read. (Aug.)

 
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