Random House, Inc. An imaginative girl constructs a tale of incestuous obsession, teenage love, and willful desertion to explain her mother’s disappearance.
Fifteen-year-old Rose is trying to make sense of her world. Her mother – a beautiful woman with signature stiletto heels, bright clothes, and the synthetic gleam of a blond wig – has vanished, and Rose is convinced that she must be in danger.
Unable to cope with the possibility of having been abandoned, Rose uses her vivid imagination to construct her own explanation for her mother’s sudden disappearance. Her father suspiciously carries on with his life, in no hurry to contact the police. Coupled with Rose’s newfound knowledge that he is not actually the ringleader of a circus, she begins to doubt that he is even her real father.
As Rose pieces together snippets of remembered conversations and the half-truths she is fed by adults, she creates her own romantic narrative about the disappearance – one that is as difficult to accept as the truth.
Baker & Taylor Rose, an imaginative fifteen-year-old girl, constructs a narrative to explain the sudden disappearance of her mother.
Blackwell North Amer Fifteen-year-old Rose is trying to make sense of her family. When her mother - a beautiful woman admired for her signature stiletto heels and gleaming, synthetic blond wig - fails to return home from work one summer evening, Rose is convinced that her mother must be in danger. Unable to cope with the possibility of being abandoned, Rose hides high above the city on her apartment's rooftop, where her only companions include her pet rabbits and her sixty-five-year-old best friend, Mrs. Isis. While her father, Mr. Loyal, suspiciously carries on with his life, in no hurry to contact the police, and attends to the circus that may or may not even exist, Rose's vivid imagination shifts into overdrive. As Rose pieces together snippets of remembered conversations, clues from newspapers, and the half-truths adults feed her, she concocts her own romantic narrative about her mother's past and disappearance, constructing a fantasy world in order to escape the reality that is unraveling before her.