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A Single Rose - by Muriel Barbery

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Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up

Number of Pages: 160

Format: Paperback

Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres

Sub-Genre: Romance

Publisher: Europa Editions

Book theme: Later in Life

Author: Muriel Barbery

Language: English

Street Date: September 13, 2022
TCIN: 85641670
UPC: 9781609457945
Item Number (DPCI): 247-01-7175
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported


Book Synopsis

From the best-selling author of The Elegance of the Hedgehog comes a story about a woman's journey to discover the father she never knew and a love she never thought possible.

Rose is called to Kyoto for the reading of her estranged father's will. Once there, she encounters acquaintances of her father--including a potter and poet, an old lady friend, his housekeeper and chauffeur, and Paul, her guide through Kyoto.

As the reading of the will gets closer, through her encounters and peregrinations in Kyoto, Rose reaches a poignant understanding of her father's love and an acceptance of loss.

Review Quotes

"[A Single Rose] is interspersed with aphoristic Japanese tales from various periods, as melancholy is gradually transmuted into joy."--The New Yorker

"Barbery brings her usual lush descriptions to this slim novel, weaving traditional Japanese stories through the narrative. [A] luminous meditation on grief."--Booklist

"With elegant and careful prose, [Barbery] offers descriptions of Kyoto and Japanese culture that transcend the genre of a travelogue. This novel will appeal to readers who long for happy endings and escape."--Library Journal

"This novel offers the pleasures of a poetic travelogue and an homage to a place and culture.
A Single Rose is a modern fairy tale... an evocative, transplanted retelling of the tale of a sleeping beauty."--New York Journal of Books

"This plaintive novel impresses with its smoothness."--Publishers Weekly

"It is a joy to take a stroll with Rose and Paul while savoring the beauty of camellias, peonies and wild irises, in a world of muted, delicate colors and to the sound of their elegant words."--Ouest-France

"Though A Single Rose is centered around vulnerable, tenacious Rose, its core is found in its Japanese setting. The novel balances lush, cultivated gardens and weighted symbolism with mischievous foxes, matcha, sliced eel, and sushi, all forming "one happy chaos" and a fascinating maze of emotional release."--Foreword Reviews

"A moving and successful novel. Richly perfumed, delicate, light, and inspired."--L'OBS

"In this story Rose explores an inner self that illuminates her darkness and leads her to overcome her sadness."--L'orient litteraire

"At once a journey through a secret landscape and a poetic transposition of the enigma of love."--Actualitte

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