Josey Rose: A Novel
A spellbinding novel of family secrets and forbidden love, this moving tale of innocence and misplaced souls echoes the intensity of the novels of Alice Hoffman and of Sheri Reynold's The Rapture of Canaan.
"Funny and heartbreaking at the same time...a novel of secrets". -- Rita Mae Brown, author of Rubyfruit Jungle and Riding Shotgun
Josey Rose's childhood has been molded by such mysterious secrets as the whereabouts of his missing mother, whom he suspects is still alive; the inexplicable abuse of his father Willie, a man who can empty a whiskey bottle as quickly as he can fill it up again with tiny model wonderlands; and by the bizarre actions of Grandma Ru, a slightly mad woman who knows far more than she can reveal.
Josey's life takes an irrevocable turn when he meets the enchanting and vulnerable Lily, a young woman who lives in an abandoned chapel in the woods and has a deep, yet unexplained connection to Josey's family. Both victims of Willie Rose's torment, Josey and Lily quickly find comfort in one another -- and within the gray area between mystery and truth they discover that the only escape from their present lives is through the past.
In the novel's compassionate investigation of moral truths, this hypnotic tale is at once Josey's confession and his defense.
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JOSEY ROSEUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Incest is luridly limned in this over-the-top first novel that's more country kookster—lots of critters and wacky grandmas—than a serious take on a troubling subject. Presumably, the story told by ... Read full review
Josey Rose: a novelUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
In this uneven first novel, Wood, who clearly never met a dysfunctional behavior she didn't like, has concocted a bewildering mix of family violence, incest, race relations, sexual abuse, and murder ... Read full review