By: Wesley Stace
(Hardcover / 544 Pages / Little, Brown & Company / ISBN: 0316830348 / $23.95)
Description: Lord Geoffroy Loveall arrives home one fateful morning with a most unusual package - he’s found an abandoned baby, whom he adopts and names Rose in honor of his long-dead sister. Rose’s childhood inside the sprawling maze of towers, lawns, and halls that make up Love Hall is an endless round of privilege and delight. There is only one problem: Rose’s father wanted a daughter, but he brought home a son. When Rose reaches adolescence, Lord Loveall’s delusion becomes apparent to all, and her parents can no longer disguise the secret around which they’ve created Rose’s entire world: this delicate flower is, in fact, a boy.
Verdict: Wow, was this a most intriguing book. From start to finish, 'Misfortune' is just simply one of those books that is hard to put down. You promise yourself that you will at the end of each chapter, but then you carry on for a few paragraphs more ... ! Artistically weaving several different points of view in the first person narrative, Stace demonstrates a masterfully creative writing style. You can tell from his writing that he is also a lyricist. Full of fascinating characters, wonderful word games, and a twisted plot, this epic tale is sure to be enjoyed by many for generations to come. I truly enjoyed reading this book and look forward to reading his next book; as I know you too will.
Reviewed by Maggie Steinberg
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