Title Profile & Character Information

The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns

Annotation
Gal Garner distracts herself from the high school biology class she teaches and the rigors of kidney disease (though shes only 36) by cultivating roses, which she carefully cross-pollinates with the hope of winning Queen of Show in competition. Then her teenage niece, daughter of her estranged sister, arrives without warning and upends everything. Not an uncommon plot, but theres lots of enthusiasm for this second novel, with a special emphasis on book club promotion, and Dilloways affecting How To Be an American Housewife won strong reviews.

Characters
NameGarner, Gal
GenderFemale
OccupationTeacher

GenreFiction
Domestic
TopicsGardening
Gardeners
Competition
Teachers
Estranged families
Aunts
Life changes
Family relationships
Redemptive love
Flower industry