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This is an auction for THE ROSE GROWER: A NOVEL OF LOVE AND THE FRENCH REVOLUTION, by Michelle de Kretser.

"Powerful . . . lovely, meticulously researched . . . evokes the beginnings of the Terror in crisp, elegant, compassionate prose."
- New York Times

"Fascinating. Sophie's calmness and kindness, her passion for roses, her botanical studies and attempts to create a crimson flower are the soul and spine of the book. De Kretser has exhaustively researched the life of the period, but she wears her knowledge lightly."
- Washington Post

“On July 14, 1789, American artist Stephen Fletcher literally falls from the sky into the lives of the Saint-Pierre family in Gascony when his hot-air balloon crashes. He also falls in love with the ethereal Claire, eldest of three sisters, despite her marriage to an aristocrat. Meanwhile, Sophie falls in love with him but tries not to let him know, and schoolgirl Mathilde delights him with her forthright humour. De Kretser explores the connections among the sisters, the artist, and area residents, using as backdrop the French Revolution and the growing unease it creates. Pages of descriptions of dress, food, landscapes, and Sophie's hobby of rose growing, delightful as they may be, slow the action to the speed of a pastoral summer afternoon. Only when the Reign of Terror takes hold does the tempo quicken. Recommended."
- Library Journal (US)

Very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Paperback 2000.

301 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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