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The Reason for Roses
by Babs H. Deal
Deal brings three girls together in a small Alabama town in the late 1930s and creates a richly textured world of relatives and friends, a time filled with picnics and stately front porches, with the agonies of adolescent love and the excitement of secrets shared over iced tea and strawberry ice cream. For Spencer and her cousins, Brook and Raleigh, it was a time of crysta ...more
Published September 1974 by Doubleday & Co.
(first published 1974)
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Jul 06, 2011 CLM rated it it was ok
Recommended to CLM by: Rowena
This is a melancholy look back by Spencer Howard at her girlhood in a small Alabama town not long before WWII, describing a tight-knit family that spent summers together. It is unclear how old Spencer is in this book, probably about 15, with her cousins about her age or several years older. Sadly, those relationships did not endure, and Spencer's children did not grow up knowing their cousins because the older members of the family that had kept it together passed away. I did not enjoy all the h ...more
Babs H. Deal is the author of more than nine novels, including High Lonesome World and The Reason for Roses. Her short stories have appeared in magazines and she was the winner of the Mystery Writers of America Award in 1967 for her novel, Fancy's Knell. "Mrs. Deal...has the great gift of capturing a whole countryside and season in a few short sentences. Nobody does that thing any better," wrote t ...moreMore about Babs H. Deal...