Roses and Rot (Paperback)

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After years apart, sisters Imogen and Marin reunite, fleeing their cruel mother to spend nine blissful months at Melete, a prestigious artists' retreat. But things work differently at Melete. Once every seven years, one artist is chosen and given everything they've ever dreamed of. Both Imogen and Marin want that opportunity, and neither will let the other stand in their way. ROSES AND ROT is a dark and lyrical book about sisters, stories, and the limits of ambition. Kat Howard's writing is both lyrical and powerful, sinking its claws into you and dragging you along for a hauntingly beautiful ride. Both an homage to and a retelling of classic fairy tales, this utterly unputdownable novel will stay with you for days after reading. ROSES AND ROT will find a home on your favorite's shelf even as it challenges you to do, to want, to be more.

— Nicole


Imogen and her sister Marin escape their cruel mother to attend a prestigious artists' retreat, but soon learn that living in a fairy tale requires sacrifices, whether it be art or love in this critically acclaimed debut novel from "a remarkable young writer" (Neil Gaiman, American Gods).

What would you sacrifice for everything you ever dreamed of?

Imogen has grown up reading fairy tales about mothers who die and make way for cruel stepmothers. As a child, she used to lie in bed wishing that her life would become one of these tragic fairy tales because she couldn't imagine how a stepmother could be worse than her mother now. As adults, Imogen and her sister Marin are accepted to an elite post-grad arts program--Imogen as a writer and Marin as a dancer. Soon enough, though, they realize that there's more to the school than meets the eye. Imogen might be living in the fairy tale she's dreamed about as a child, but it's one that will pit her against Marin if she decides to escape her past to find her heart's desire.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781481451178
ISBN-10: 1481451170
Publisher: Saga Press
Publication Date: July 4th, 2017
Pages: 336
Language: English