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When they open the door for their wayward daughter, Rosa's parents are not prepared for who else turns up at the Ambrosio family vineyard.

....the spirit of a poet, nurses who crochet magical rugs, a beautiful bearded lady, elephants from the dreamscape, a médecin sans medicine and his dancing python, a jealous stable-hand, acrobatic pirates of the dark web, a sleeping beau
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Kindle Edition, 250 pages
Published December 11th 2013 by Karen Wyld
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Rebecca
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written with a moving and touching story. It is exactly the right length and I didn't want to put it down while reading it.
Byron Edgington
Dec 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Here we have a fantastical, allegorical, literary ensemble piece about a family in a far off country with a gentle but terrible secret. Relayed through the eyes of, and with the (literally) breathless words and images of a little mute girl, ‘Angelita,’ the story unfolds with its title. When Rosa does indeed come home she reenters in a comatose state. Angelita comes to know the mysterious daughter of ‘Momma’ and ‘Poppa’ not through them, but through the various characters who enter the home and t ...more
Lynne Cantwell
Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: magic-realism
I loved this book. Let me just say that right upfront.

Little Angelita Ambrosio knows it's going to be a special day as soon as she wakes up and looks out her bedroom window: "Breathing in, I was greeted by a heady mix of lavender, sandalwood, rose attar, buttery-popcorn and sawdust and, despite the ocean being many miles away, salted air." And then Rosa -- the sister Angelita never knew she had -- is brought home.

Rosa had been estranged from her family for many years, and she arrives now in a
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Sylvia Valevicius
Jan 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When I first read this author, Karen Wyld, describe herself as having red dirt in her veins, ocean at her feet, stars in her eyes, and stories on her tongue, I felt a hypnotic pull to read more of her magic with words. I had to have her book!

And I was not disappointed, for magical it is! It is achingly moving, loving, written with a pace that allows the reader to slowly dissolve its beauty, charm, and mystery like a piece of chocolate melting in your mouth, and you not knowing what surprise the
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Dennis Vickers
Mar 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 wh
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David Jones
Feb 08, 2014 rated it liked it
When Rosa Came Home presents a vivid, story-telling adventure of a family life disrupted and then set aright by the sudden return of a comatose daughter. This book is highly recommended for the sentimental and comedy (like in the sense of a comedic victory, not like "haha" comedy) prone. Wyld paints a world in romantic and idyllic prose. Sometimes a lack of strong editing interferes with the story and stylistically, one might contend against the structure of the constantly-telling-stories approa ...more
Inara
Dec 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
A great first novel and hopefully the first of many by the author. I really enjoyed this book. The elements of magic realism reconnect the reader with feelings of wonder which all too often are left behind in childhood. The storyline was easy to follow with new characters entering the story and adding depth to the content at regular intervals. I liked the circus connections and the relationships of people with animals. If you have read and enjoyed books such as 'Like water for chocolate', 'Choc ...more
Denise
Feb 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is an extremely colorful book, both in characters and description. Woven into the fantasy world of Rosa and her family are the many real life relationships that we can all relate to. Allow yourself to be taken on a 'ride of life' as friends and family share their own personal stories of Rosa with Angelita. Angelita comprehension of life, relationships are far beyond her years- but then again that is fantasy.. loved the story..loved it Denise
Barbara
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I just loved this book. A light adult fairytale or mature YA. It captured me from the beginning and I picked it up every chance I got. Strong sense of family and while it had fairy tale qualities it was believable due to Karen's good writing.
Thoraiya
Dec 22, 2013 marked it as to-read
Mmmm...piratey...I decided I wanted to read this even before I saw the kick-ass cover :)
Tracey Lee
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
By the time I'd finished reading this book I felt like I had joined a family … a noisy, beautiful, loving family, and I don't mind admitting I cried when I finished it because i did not want it to end. It is categorised as magic realism but it is uniquely Australian, and the characters and their intermingling relationships drive the story.
Zoe Brooks
Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: magic-realism
Karen Wyld is a fellow writer on the Magic Realist Books Facebook Group and I was keen to read her new book, having seen her contributions to the group and the Magic Realism Blog Hop. I was not disappointed - the book is delightful.

The narrator is Angelita, a bright child who used to sing like an angel but who has become mute. The choice of this narrator provides both opportunities and challenges for the author (and therefore the reader). Angelita's muteness makes her the perfect listener, maki
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Eve Proofreads
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Look at that cover: isn’t it gorgeous? It’s the reason I decided to read this fabulous feat of magic realism. Young Angelita didn’t know she had another sibling until Rosa was brought home, unconscious, mysterious and accompanied by a circus-load of friends (human and animal).

Angelita is the perfect narrator. She does not speak and is therefore an ideal listener, naturally allowing the soliloquies of the visitors to flow uninterrupted. Gradually, Rosa’s time away is pieced together.

It is gentle
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Karen's debut novel When Rosa Came Home (December 2013) was
short-listed for the 2015 South Australian Writers & Readers Festival People's Choice Award. (out of print)

Upcoming Books:
Short-story - After Australia anthology: speculative fiction project by Diversity Arts and Sweatshop (Affirm, June 2020).
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