Roses and Rot
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Roses and Rot

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Publishers Weekly Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror Novel of Summer 2016 "Captivating, fiercely smart (about sisters, artists), utterly transporting. I read it so consumingly, it was more akin to swallowing it whole. Not to be missed." --Megan Abbott, Edgar-winning author of The Fever and You Will Know Me "Kat Howard seems to possess a magic of her own, of making characters come alive and scenery so vivid, you forget it exists only on the page. Roses and Rot is both beautiful and dark, lovely, and haunting." --Anton Bogomazov, Politics and Prose Bookstore "A contemporary dark fantasy full of dark magic, the hidden traps of fairy tales, and painful humanity. I loved every page." --Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author of Dead Ringers Imogen and her sister Marin escape their cruel mother to attend a prestigious artists' retreat, but soon learn that living in a fairy tale requires sacrifices, whether it be art or love in this haunting debut novel from "a remarkable young writer" (Neil Gaiman). What would you sacrifice for everything you ever dreamed of? Imogen has grown up reading fairy tales about mothers who die and make way for cruel stepmothers. As a child, she used to lie in bed wishing that her life would become one of these tragic fairy tales because she couldn't imagine how a stepmother could be worse than her mother now. As adults, Imogen and her sister Marin are accepted to an elite post-grad arts program--Imogen as a writer and Marin as a dancer. Soon enough, though, they realize that there's more to the school than meets the eye. Imogen might be living in the fairy tale she's dreamed about as a child, but it's one that will pit her against Marin if she decides to escape her past to find her heart's desire.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 307 pages
  • 147.32 x 208.28 x 25.4mm | 362.87g
  • SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Saga Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1481451162
  • 9781481451161
  • 766,409

Review quote

The realm of fairy tales meets the harsh world of the Fae in this starkly enticing debut. With undercurrents of darkness in the midst of the beauty of the arts, this is a Brothers Grimm tale for the contemporary reader.--Library Journal, *STARRED REVIEW "March 15th, 2016 " Captivating, fiercely smart (about sisters, artists), utterly transporting. I read it so consumingly, it was more akin to swallowing it whole. Not to be missed. --Megan Abbott," Edgar-winning author of The Fever and You Will Know Me "" A contemporary dark fantasy full of dark magic, the hidden traps of fairy tales, and painful humanity. I loved every page. --Christopher Golden," New York Times bestselling author, Dead Ringers and Snowblind "" Howard weaves a dark and enticing tale of sisterly bonds, fairypromises, and the price of artistic success in this lushly written debutfantasy set in the present-day U.S. As a child, Imogen was certain that nofairy tale stepmother could possibly be crueler than her own mother, acontrolling tyrant. Fortunately, Imogen and her younger sister, Marin, escapedto pursue their dreams: Imogen as a writer, Marin a dancer. After seven yearsapart, the women are reunited when both are selected to be fellows at Melete, aprestigious artist colony in rural New Hampshire. Melete's fantastical campusseems perfect, but the sisters learn it's hiding an extraordinary secret: Melete's creative energy feeds the Fair Folk. Every seven years, the mostpromising Fellow is taken to live in Faery--and Imogen and Marin are shortlistedfor this dubious honor. Howard's characters are deftly drawn, and her writingis seductive as fairy magic. This story will resonate with readers long afterthe last page.--Publishers Weekly *STARRED REVIEW* "April 4, 2016 " "Captivating, fiercely smart (about sisters, artists), utterly transporting. I read it so consumingly, it was more akin to swallowing it whole. Not to be missed."--Megan Abbott," Edgar-winning author of The Fever and You Will Know Me " "A contemporary dark fantasy full of dark magic, the hidden traps of fairy tales, and painful humanity. I loved every page."--Christopher Golden," New York Times bestselling author, Dead Ringers and Snowblind " "Kat Howard seems to possess a magic of her own, of making characters come alive and scenery so vivid, you forget it exists only on the page. Roses and Rot is both beautiful and dark, lovely, and haunting."--Anton Bogomazov," Politics and Prose Bookstore " "Kat Howard is a remarkable young writer, and she's written a powerful first novel, as strong as Emma Bull's War For The Oaks. This is a book about family, about the price we're willing to pay for art, and the strange music and haunting glades of faerie."--Neil Gaiman," bestselling author of American Gods and The Ocean at the End of the Lane " Kat Howard seems to possess a magic of her own, of making characters come alive and scenery so vivid, you forget it exists only on the page. Roses and Rot is both beautiful and dark, lovely, and haunting."--Anton Bogomazov," Politics and Prose Bookstore ""show more

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1,910 ratings
3.59 out of 5 stars
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4 37% (701)
3 30% (571)
2 11% (210)
1 3% (51)
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