February 2010 Indie Next List
“This family saga is as big as the state of Texas, where it takes place. Three generations struggle to hold onto the family land causing heartache, deceit, and, finally, forgiveness.”
— Nancy Sullivan, Oblong Books & Music, Rhinebeck, NY
Two East Texas families must deal with the aftermath of a marriage that never happened leading to deceit, secrets, and tragedies in a sweeping multigenerational Southern saga "with echoes of Gone with the Wind" (Publishers Weekly).
Spanning the 20th century, the story of Roses takes place in a small East Texas town against the backdrop of the powerful timber and cotton industries, controlled by the scions of the town's founding families. Cotton tycoon Mary Toliver and timber magnate Percy Warwick should have married but unwisely did not, and now must deal with consequences of their momentous choice and the loss of what might have been--not just for themselves but for their children, and their children's children.
With expert, unabashed, big-canvas storytelling, Roses covers a hundred years, three generations of Texans, and the explosive combination of passion for work and longing for love.
About the Author
Leila Meacham was a writer and former teacher who lived in San Antonio, Texas. She was the author of the bestselling novels Roses, Tumbleweeds, Somerset, and Titans. For more information, please visit LeilaMeacham.com.
"A compelling East Texas saga with echoes of Gone With the Wind."—Publisher's Weekly
"Roses heralded as new Gone with the Wind."
"As large, romantic, and American a tale as Texas itself."—Booklist
"It's been almost 30 years since the heyday of giant epics...but Meacham's
debut might bring them back. Readers who like an old-fashioned saga will
devour this sprawling novel of passion and revenge."—Library Journal
"Like Gone With the Wind, this 600-page multigenerational epic is as gloriously entertaining as it is vast."—People Magazine (four stars)