The Rose Variations

The Rose Variations by Marisha Chamberlain

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Read Chapter One, The Rose Variations.

Readers Guide for The Rose Variations

“[An] enthralling first novel … that surprises us with fresh insights… Chamberlain’s ear is finally attuned to every nuance of The Rose Variations, a novel graced by a profound respect for the humble particulars of life.” —James Wilcox, New York Times Book Review, Feb 22, 2009

“The Rose Variations is an elegant symphony of a novel, shaped by a lovely complexity, informed by humor and grace.” —Roxana Robinson, author of Cost

“Rose MacGregor is my kind of heroine—funny and serious, dreamy but brutally practical when it’s called for; someone blissfully inconsistent—like the rest of us. What more can one ask than that a novel presents us with a unique personality such as Rose’s?” —Judith Guest, author of Ordinary People

“Who’d have thought it possible? There’s news about love and work in Marisha Chamberlain’s The Rose Variations! It’d be hard to find a more contemporary view of the sexual dilemma, but I couldn’t help thinking how much Shakespeare, Mozart, and Jane Austen would have savored this novel.” —David Huddle, author of La Tour Dreams of the Wolf Girl

Reading groups

Welcome, reading groups!  Marisha Chamberlain is available to visit book groups interested in discussing The Rose Variations. Arrangements can be made for her to appear either in person or by teleconference.

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pdficonReading groups discussing The Rose Variations may want to make use of this reader’s guide to spark their discussions.

What is Rose listening to?

Marisha Chamberlain discusses Rose’s music choices at Largehearted Boy.

Marisha Chamberlain applies the Page 69 Test to her novel

What is the Page 69 Test?  The novelist Ford Madox Ford famously advised readers to go to that page to get a sense of the quality of the novel as a whole.  Find out how this works for The Rose Variations at Campaign for the American Reader Blog.