When Rosa Came Home by Karen Wyld

I thoroughly enjoyed this delightful story. One after one, exotic characters, each with a miraculous tale to tell, come to visit comatose Rosa and her troubled family. Many of these visitors are circus performers or former circus performers. Some are human; some not.  The Ambrosia family home is a remote vineyard and becomes yet another magical character — reacting to and affecting the actions set there. It trees and gardens fall into shadows when trouble prevails, and burst with light and life when joy arrives.

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When Rosa Came Home

 In the framework tale Angelita is a little girl when the events in these stories occur, but grows up and her knowledge and perspective designate her to be the story teller. She sees the world through a child’s eyes, and everything is possible.

 Fairy tale? Fantasy? Magical Realism? When Rosa Came Home draws from several traditions to build a narrative that carries the reader back to when the world was a magical place and everything was possible.

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