Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Midnight Dress by Karen Foxlee - PUBLIC ONLY

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.  

PUBLIC ONLY.  Cindy, Library Teacher

No comments:

Post a Comment