Reinventing the Rose by Kenneth J. Harvey

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There are some missteps here. Harvey’s present-tense narration can be passive and awkward...Reinventing the Rose rejects the simple clichés of consumer-culture pregnancy mags in favour of something else. Horrific, yep. Offensive, yep. And profoundly entertaining.
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As a fatherless girl with a mother who persistently encouraged her daughter's artistic temperament, Anna Wells is highly sensitive to the life developing in her when she discovers she is pregnant. Anna's gynecologist boyfriend, Kevin, considers the time just not right to have children, so Anna moves to a 100-year-old house in Bareneed, an abandoned cove in Newfoundland, where she takes comfort in renovating the interior of her new home and working on a series of paintings detailing roses.

Paralleling Anna's own journey is a minutely detailed, day-by-day development of the embryo. All goes well until a car arrives delivering a court summons. Kevin has filed a statement of claim seeking the termination of the embryo as "return of property."

One night, while still in Bareneed and upset over the impending legal action, Anna discovers an abandoned little girl almost frozen to death in her front yard. Mysterious circumstances continue to surround the children in Bareneed as pro-choice and pro-life factions marshal their forces.
 

About Kenneth J. Harvey

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Kenneth J. Harvey is the internationally bestselling author of Blackstrap Hawco, Inside, and The Town That Forgot How to Breathe. He has won the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award, the Winterset Award, and Italy's Libro Del Mare. He lives in an outport in Newfoundland.
 
Published June 6, 2011 by Dundurn. 328 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Toronto Star

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Reviewed by Nathan Whitlock on Jan 07 2012

If the scenes at the Bareneed house...never quite gel with the extroverted and implausible court scenes, it has to be admitted that both possess an enormous sense of forward propulsion.

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Reviewed by Christopher Shulgan on Jul 22 2011

There are some missteps here. Harvey’s present-tense narration can be passive and awkward...Reinventing the Rose rejects the simple clichés of consumer-culture pregnancy mags in favour of something else. Horrific, yep. Offensive, yep. And profoundly entertaining.

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