WHAT THE LADY WANTS:A Novel of Marshall Field and the Gilded Age
Coming November 4, 2014 from Penguin/NAL
A Novel of the Roaring Twenties
Published 2013 Penguin/NAL
EVERY CROOKED POT
Published 2007 St.Martin's Press
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A coming-of-age story about a lovable misfit and her quirky Midwestern family.
Nina Goldman is the youngest of three growing up in Akron, Ohio in the 70s. She and her siblings must cope with their larger-than-life father, Artie, a colorblind carpet salesman and frustrated musician. Forever the dreamer and schemer, Artie engages in outrageous antics that both mesmerize and mortify his family.
Growing up as Artie's daughter would be difficult enough, but Nina has another issue to face: the mirror. Born with a strawberry birthmark over her eye (known as a hemangioma), Nina strives to look normal and fit in, showing us just how far one girl will go to be loved.
Praise for EVERY CROOKED POT
Every Crooked Pot is a beautifully nuanced tale about an extraordinary family and even more extraordinary young woman. Not since Myla Goldberg's Bee Season has a first novel so deftly captured the complexities, joys, and frustrations of daughters and their families. It's hard to believe this is a debut--Rosen's voice is already as good as it gets. Keep an eye out for this rising star.
Sara Gruen, New York Times Bestselling author of Water for Elephants
Every Crooked Pot is a work of courage, with a dose of sassy audacity thrown in for good measure. Humiliation, sorrow, tears, humor and candor, this is a novel so full of heart and emotion, it’s impossible to detach yourself from it. Renee Rosen is a rare find in today’s jungle of women’s fiction!
Carrie Kabak, author of Cover the Butter
Realistic, sharp and funny, Renee Rosen perfectly captures what it's like to be stuck on the outside longing to get in. A beautiful, poignant, and impressive debut--I didn't want it to end.
Alyson Noel, author of Laguna Cove
It's so tempting to compare Renee Rosen's debut to similar auspicious literary starts - Anna Quindlen's Object Lessons comes to mind - but that would be doing the book a disservice since Every Crooked Pot stands in a class by itself. Populated with vivid characters, at the center of which is resilient heroine Nina Goldman, this bittersweet novel will lift hearts while at the same time making readers wonder, "Where has Renee Rosen been hiding all these years?"
Lauren Baratz-Logsted, author of Vertigo
Told with wit, wisdom, and characters so realistically drawn that they breathe, this poignant story of angst and redemption will touch the heart of anyone who ever longed to be “normal” enough to be loved.
Sandra Kring, author of Carry Me Home and The Book of Bright Ideas
Every Crooked Pot is a funny, heartfelt and beautifully perceptive novel. In her insightful character study, Renee Rosen takes the reader deep inside the heart and mind of a delightfully real young protagonist. In her spirited portrayal of an ordinary -- yet improbable -- American family, Rosen illuminates great unspoken truths about young women, about daughters, and about all families.
Adrienne Miller, author of The Coast of Akron