The War of the Rosens
Overview - 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. Read more...
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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. The War of the Rosens explores the timeless world of childhood?raw pain, bitter injustice, dark humor, achingly brilliant flashes of insight?and the elusive promised land of adulthood with clarity and grace.
- ISBN-13: 9781933016382
- ISBN-10: 1933016388
- Publisher: Behler Publications
- Publish Date: July 2007
- Page Count: 232
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In Eidus's confident fifth book, it's 1965, and 10-year-old cutie-pie Emma Rosen is navigating the rough seas of preadolescence and her temperamental Jewish family in a lower-middle-income Bronx housing project. Her often violent father, Leo, a self-righteous atheist who craves attention, dreamed of being a great novelist but instead owns a candy store; his casual flirtation with a sultry Jamaican widow threatens to blossom into a full-blown affair. Annette, Emma's migraine-plagued doormat of a mother, can barely remember her younger, prettier, idealistic self as she slaves away in the kitchen, the butt of Leo's tantrums. Emma, a budding poet who prays to the Virgin Mary, inspires intense animosity in her 13-year-old sister, May, which burns with the same red-hot intensity as May's infatuation for a classmate with princely blond good looks and manners very different from the Rosens. An old-fashioned coming-of-age tale, the book soon grows dark with crisis. Eidus (Faithful Rebecca) illuminates the inner lives of young girls on the cusp of womanhood and demonstrates abundant compassion for her often prickly characters. (Sept.)