Foxlee, Karen The Midnight Dress, 277 p. Knopf (Random), 2013. $17. Mature Content: R (inappropriate relationships, rape);
Rose, 15, and her father, have drifted into the small town of Leonora, poised between the beach and the mountains in Australia. Rose is instantly taken under the wing of Pearl, a local girl, but is also entangled in various romantic situations around town – boys who like Rose, men who like Pearl – its all a mess. With a local celebration approaching, Rose, who has little money, meets an eccentric dressmaker, Edie, who not only helps make Rose a dress, but also tells Rose her own tale of love found and lost. Now someone is missing – presumed dead. Who? How? Why? That tale is woven with the flashbacks that bring us up to the present. While the story is intriguing, the creepy relationships between a very young girl and older men, using graphic depictions in one scene, twist this one to a higher audience than it needed to be. The lost girl mystery would have been enough all by itself.
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