In a novel that spans decades, continents, and lives, Mary Flanagan brilliantly re-creates working-class Catholic Maine in the 1950s, New York's Greenwich Village in the 1960s, expatriate life on a Greek Island in the 1970s, and London toward the end of that decade.When Rose's mother dies and her adored father turns her over to stern, narrow-minded Aunt Bernie, Rose, brought up in the strict Catholic community of a small Maine factory town, feels that she must somehow deserve it, that it is for her own good - a conclusion she cannot shake even when, soon after college, she escapes to New York City's anarchic Bohemia.Convinced that people who treat you well never teach you anything about yourself, Rose forms a number of liaisons with the wrong men, each adding to the fragility of her self-image. Then, on a Greek Island, she meets the elusive Miles and follows him to London in pursuit of a relationship that proves to be both her downfall and the key to her final self-discovery.A powerful novel, Rose Reason skillfully reveals the force of a structured upbringing and the traps inherent in obsessive love.
- Hardback | 388 pages
- 152.4 x 241.3 x 38.1mm | 566.99g
- 01 Sep 1992
- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P
- United States