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Her Name Is Rose

Her Name Is Rose

A Novel

Christine Breen

St. Martin's Griffin


Trade Paperback

Iris Bowen is a young Irish gardener and mother of a beloved adopted daughter, Rose. A recent widow, Iris has spent the last two years concentrating on the day-to-day business of launching Rose into the world. But when she receives some worrisome results on a breast scan, the words of her husband as he was dying of cancer become hauntingly urgent. He had begged Iris to search for Rose's birth mother so that Rose would still have family if anything happened to Iris. Suddenly, Iris fears that Rose really could be left alone.

With no records to guide her beyond a twenty-year-old envelope, Iris impulsively begins a journey into the past that takes her to Boston and back to the west of Ireland, with surprising results for herself, for Rose, and for the others whom their lives touch.

At turns moving and funny, Her Name Is Rose by Christine Breen is a gorgeous and intimate debut novel about what happens when life does not play out the way you expect.


Praise for Her Name Is Rose

“A poignant tale of love and loss between an adoptive mother and daughter....Breen's characters immediately invite the reader to go on a heartwrenching journey that's enhanced by her skillful plotting and authentic, lyrical descriptions of the Emerald Isle. A moving first novel.” —Publishers Weekly - starred review

“Breen's emotional tale is perfect for fans of complex novels....There are more than several surprises, which keep the engaging plot moving freely, and our admirable heroine, Rose, teaches us exactly what the scent of a woman is all about.” —RT Book Reviews

“A warmhearted and poignant story. Fans of Maeve Binchy will appreciate this witty story of family, acceptance, and the power of belonging.” —Booklist

“In this lyrical debut novel, Christine Breen weaves a tale about the ties that bind -- biological, legal, emotional -- and the many varieties of devotion. The story moves fluidly from the west coast of Ireland to London to Boston and back, stopping in gardens and museums and concert halls along the way, accumulating characters who live and breathe and teach each other how to love.” —Christina Baker Kline

“Christine Breen creates an emotional story that tenderly explores the depth of a mother's love. You will root for her characters as they lift you up with their compassion and goodness.” —Diane Chamberlain

“This is a novel that will appeal to Anne Tyler fans. Christine Breen has a lovely feel for language and great affection for her characters. There's something humane and kind about the way she writes, which is a great quality. It's hard to do 'nice' and Breen does it very well.” —Jane Harris

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About the author

Christine Breen

CHRISTINE BREEN was born in New York and educated in Boston and Dublin, where she received an MA in Irish Literature. She is an artist, homeopath, gardener, and mother of two children. She lives in Kiltumper, Ireland with her husband, the novelist Niall Williams, in the cottage where her grandfather was born. Her Name is Roseis her first novel.

Christine Breen

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