The Tattoo by Pan Bouyoucas

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...in the end, The Tattoo feels more like the standard variety than Zoe’s magical outlier: pointed, fussed-over and occasionally striking, but ultimately just another static series of marks.
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When Zoes two best friends suggest they get matching tattoos, she agrees. Inexplicably, her tattoo comes out bigger and prettier, and her friends accuse her of disloyalty. Abandoned and alone, Zoe must discover why her tattoo, which began as a small rose, is mysteriously spreading over her body like a living rose bush. She travels the world in a desperate search for a way to remove the aberration on her skin; instead of help, however, she finds worshippers and admirers, all of whom wish to use her for their own ends. Pulled in multiple directions, Zoe must decide if her roses will stop global warming, rewrite history, break the glass ceiling, or restore peace in West Africa. The Tattoo is a fast-paced adventure about the blessings and curses of the unexpected, and how circumstances can move unlikely individuals to change the world.
 

About Pan Bouyoucas

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Pan Bouyoucas is a Greek-Canadian writer, playwright, and translator. Two of his works have been shortlisted for the Governor General?s Literary Award: L?Autre in 2001 and Thésée et le Minotaure in 2003. His book The Man Who Wanted to Drink Up the Sea has been translated into French, Russian, and Serbian.
 
Published March 30, 2011 by Cormorant Books. 240 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by David Berry on Aug 12 2011

...in the end, The Tattoo feels more like the standard variety than Zoe’s magical outlier: pointed, fussed-over and occasionally striking, but ultimately just another static series of marks.

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