by Edith Pattou


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A beautiful, new edition of the beloved fantasy hailed as “the stuff of epic tale telling” (Booklist), perfect for fans of Beauty and the Beast from New York Times best-selling author Edith Pattou.

Rose has always longed for adventure, so when an enormous white bear appears one evening and makes her a mysterious offer, she accepts. In exchange for health and prosperity for her ailing family, she must live with the white bear in a distant castle. But Rose soon realizes that all isn’t as it seems. As she tries to settle into her new life, she makes a devastating mistake. Now she must choose: return to her safe and loving family or go on a dangerous quest to fix what she has broken—and perhaps lose her heart along the way. A sweeping romantic epic as timeless as any fairy tale and thrilling as only the best fantasy novels can be.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781328581587
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 10/23/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 58,364
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.31(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Edith Pattou is the author of East, an ALA Notable Book; Fire Arrow, a Booklist Top Ten Fantasy Novel of the Year; and the New York Times best-selling picture book Mrs. Spitzer's Garden. She lives in Columbus, Ohio. Visit her online at edithpattou.com and follow her on Instagram: @ediepattou and Twitter: @epattou.

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Once on a time there was a poor farmer with many children.


EBBA ROSE WAS THE NAME of our last-born child. Except it was a lie. Her name should have been Nyamh Rose. But everyone called her Rose rather than Ebba, so the lie didn't matter. At least, that is what I told myself.

The Rose part of her name came from the symbol that lies at the center of the wind rose-which is fitting because she was lodged at the very center of my heart.

I loved each of her seven brothers and sisters, but I will admit there was always something that set Rose apart from the others. And it wasn't just the way she looked.

She was the hardest to know of my children, and that was because she would not stay still. Every time I held her as a babe, she would look up at me, intent, smiling with her bright purple eyes. But soon, and always, those eyes would stray past my shoulder, seeking the window and what lay beyond.

Rose's first gift was a small pair of soft boots made of reindeer hide. They were brought by Torsk, a neighbor, and as he fastened them on Rose's tiny feet with his large calloused hands, I saw my wife, Eugenia, frown. She tried to hide it, turning her face away.

Torsk did not see the frown but looked up at us, beaming. He was a widower with grown sons and a gift for leatherwork. Eager to show off his handiwork and unmindful of the difficult circumstances of Eugenia's recent birthing, he had been the first to show up on our doorstep.

Most of our neighbors were well aware of how superstitious Eugenia was. They also knew that a baby's first gift was laden with meaning. But cheerful, large-handed Torsk paid no heed to this. He just gazed down at the small soft boots on Rose's feet and looked ready to burst with pride.

"The fit is good," he observed with a wide smile.

I nodded and then said, with a vague thought of warning him,"'Tis Rose's first gift."

His smile grew even wider. "Ah, this is good." Then a thought penetrated his head. "She will be a traveler, an explorer!" he said with enthusiasm. So he did know of the first-gift superstition after all.

This time Eugenia did not attempt to hide the frown that creased her face, and I tensed, fearing what she might say. Instead she reached down and straightened one of the boot ties. "Thank you, neighbor Torsk," she said through stiff lips. Her voice was cold, and a puzzled look passed over the big man's face.

I stepped forward and, muttering something about Eugenia still being weak, ushered Torsk to the door.

"Was there something wrong with the boots?" he asked, bewildered.

"No, no," I reassured him. "They are wonderful. Eugenia is tired, that is all. And you know mothers-they like to keep their babes close. She's not quite ready for the notion of little Rose wandering the countryside."

Nor would she ever be. Though I did not say that to neighbor Torsk.

That night after we had pried Neddy from Rose's basket and gotten all the children to sleep, Eugenia said to me, "Didn't Widow Hautzig bring over a crock of butter for the baby?"

"She was only returning what you loaned her," I said.

"No, it was for Ebba Rose. Her first gift, I'm quite sure." Her voice was definite.

Eugenia did like to keep her children close, but it turned out she wanted to keep Rose closest of all. And that had everything to do with the circumstances of Rose's birth.


OUR FAMILY WASN'T ALWAYS poor. My grandfather Esbjorn Lavrans had a well-respected mapmaking business, and my father's father was a prosperous farmer. But Father had a falling-out with his family when he went to Bergen to be an apprentice to the mapmaker Esbjorn. My mother, Eugenia, was Esbjorn's daughter, which is how Father met her.

Father and Mother had eight children. Rose was the last-born and I was second to last, four years old when they brought Rose home from Askoy Forest. Some would say four is too young to remember, but I definitely have memories. Lots of them. I remember her smell, like warm milk and soft green moss. I remember the noises she'd make-gurgling like the creek we later took to calling Rosie's Creek because she fell into it so often; the clicking she made with her tongue, like a wren pecking at our chimney; the howls of frustration when she kept toppling over while learning to walk. Not that it took her long. She was running around on her short legs at just five months.

I also remember clearly the evening Mother and Father came home from an afternoon of herb hunting, and instead of herbs they were carrying a lumpy bundle that made funny noises.

My older brothers and sisters had been worried about Mother and Father because there had been a storm and they were much later than usual returning. I told everyone not to worry, that they had gone out to bring home the baby and that's why they were so late getting home.

My older sister Selme laughed. "Mother is still more than a month away from her lying-in time," she said. "And besides, everyone knows you can't just go pluck babies out of Askoy Forest," she added with a superior look.

But it turned out I was right after all.

When they finally came through the door, Mother looked very pale and sat down as soon as she could, holding the noisy thing on her lap. The others crowded around, but I hung back, waiting. When they'd all looked long enough, Father led me to Mother's side. When I gazed at the little scrunched-up face, I felt a peculiar glow of pride. Like I'd done something good. I knew it was Mother who'd brought this baby into the world (and she certainly looked worn out from doing it), but from that moment I felt like the wild little brown-haired baby was my very own gift-and that it would be my job to watch over her.

If I had known just how wild a thing she would turn out to be, I might have thought twice about taking her on. It's a funny thing. I think it was Mother and I who had the hardest time with Rose's wandering ways. But we both had different ways of living with it. Mother tried always to reel her in. To keep her close by. But for me, I knew it couldn't be done, so I just ached and felt sorry for myself when she'd disappear. That's the trouble with loving a wild thing: You're always left watching the door.

But you also get kind of used to it.


I COULD SAY THAT I FELT guilty and ashamed about the trouble I was always getting into when I was a child, driving my mother to her wit's end on a daily basis. But the truth is I never did feel either of those things.

I don't think it's because I was selfish or unfeeling. I just couldn't understand what all the fuss was about. What was a little spilled blood or a broken bone now and then?

I never set out to be disobedient. I just couldn't keep my thoughts, and then my feet, still. I'd see something-the azure flash of a butterfly's wing, a formation of clouds like a ship's mast and sails, a ripe yellow apple perched high in a tree-and I'd be off after it without a second thought.

Exploring ran in my blood. My grandfather Esbjorn was a mapmaker as well as an explorer. And my great-great-grandfather was one of the first Njordens to travel to Constantinople.

The only thing that gave me the slightest twinge of sadness was Neddy, with his exasperated, sorry-for-himself look when he found me after yet another time I'd run off without telling anyone.

"But I saw this rabbit with a tail so white it glowed," I'd try to explain (when I was old enough to put words to my feelings).

Neddy would just sigh and say that Mother wanted me in the kitchen straightaway.

"I'm sorry, Neddy," I'd say, wrapping my arms around his legs, watching the corners of his mouth for the smile I always managed to squeeze out of him. And then I'd go to the kitchen and Mother would scold me yet again.

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"Weaves the essentials of the children's fairy tale 'East o' the Sun and West o' the Moon' into a rich tapestry that will resonate with readers . . . the stuff of epic tale telling."—Booklist

"Compelling . . . Pattou's writing pitches readers gracefully between myth and fantasy, inviting those unaccustomed to either genre to explore the frozen world of questing that she has so vividly created."—School Library Journal

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East 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 210 reviews.
Annibebe More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderful. A beautiful fairy tale that I didn't want to end. It transported me back to when I was young and obsessed with Andrew Lang's Fairy Books. The story is told in many different voices: Rose, the heroine; the white bear, the troll queen, Neddy, etc. Rose is a strong heroine risking life and limb to undo a horrible slight. She never quits. The white bear speaks in poetry, and one almost can pity the troll queen; she can't help that her love is evil; it's still her way to love. I highly recommend this book, and it is promptly going on my favorite list. I will be purchasing Edith Pattou's other books. Her writing touched my heart.
pinkfairytale More than 1 year ago
East vs. Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow : So I know that lots of people confuse these books with each other and many think they are practically the same story. I also thought this until I read them one right after the other. While EAST begins with the tale of a superstitious mother who wants to birth each of her children at a different point of the compass ( except for north, because she was told by a fortune teller that her North born child would die), SUN and MOON, Ice and Snow begins with a girl being born into a family where the mother doesn't want her and refuses to name her. Both Rose (from East) and the nameless girl (from S.M.I.S.) have a loving favorite brother that they spend time with, but while EAST is told from more than one character's perspective, S.M.I.S is told from only the nameless girl's perspective. Because EAST is told from more than one perspective, I feel as though you get to know the characters better, and I also thought that the writing in EAST is much better than the writing in S.M.I.S. In S.M.I.S. the nameless girl is able to speak to animals (because a white Reindeer kissed her after giving her the gift of a name - a name in which we do not find out until the end of the book), which is why she is able to communicate with the bear that whisks her away. In contrast, the bear in EAST is able to communicate with all people. In both books the girl's family's are promised something if the girls will go and live in an Ice Castle with the bear for 1 year. In both cases, the girls leave home to live in an Ice Castle, but while the girl with no name is allowed to bring her beloved pet wolf, Rose isn't allowed to bring anything. Although both leading ladies befriend the bears and understand there to be some sort of enchantment, nameless girl pesters the bear and others, constantly searching for the answer, while Rose is quiet and tries to figure out things on her own. While at the ice castle both girls encounter servants, but while Rose encounters two trolls, nameless girl encounters many servant creatures including a fawn. Rose and nameless girl also are given a chance to return home for a short visit, but while Rose returns for a moth to visit her family, nameless returns for about five days (and only because she thinks her father is dying). At the Ice Castle at night both girls also have a visitor that sleeps beside them although they cannot see it and do not know what it is.SPOILER. Eventually both girls give into their curiosity and use a candle to look at their nightly visitor, realizing it is a handsome prince. Even though both princes are taken away from the girls to marry a troll princess, Rose sets off immediately to find her prince with help along the way from a lady and her daughter, a sea captain, and a Eskimo, while the girl without a name sets off to find her prince with the help of three old ladies, and the North,South,East, and West winds. A white Parka plays a major role in S.M.I.S. while there isn't even a white parka mentioned in EAST. The endings in both books are rather the same and both stories are a bit edgy because of the element of the unknown bedside partner. The stories both remind me of Beauty and the Beast, but I have to say I would choose EAST over S.M.I.S. because I thought that it had more depth and the writing was at a higher level than the other book's writing. Although S.M.I.S did have many more elements contributing to the story to make it more interesting; Both books were good reads. There were quite a few more small elements that separated the Books from each other, but sadly, I didn't have enough room to write about them : )
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
East is a must-read book. My friend reccomended this to me and im so glad she did. This book had me staying up until two am to read it, and had me czptivated all throughout the book. You definitly need to read this book, its fantastic
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story.is beautifully written and imagined. The enormous research and dedication of the author is evident in even the smallest topic she introduces. She weaves an authentic picture of each culture and region through the eyes of realistic, lovable characters. It is, however, far from fast-paced. Pattou's style kept me reading, but there are some significant lulls in the plotline. The pace is relaxed and plodding, but somehow also addictive. Highly recommended for a cold winter day by the fire!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
East has always been one of my favorite books to read and, as many have mentioned, it is one that I love to read over and over. The book has a multitide of characters that draw you into their tale with their couragous, curious, and vengeful voices. East is a lovely adaptation and retelling of the old Nordic tale: East of the Sun and West of the Moon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great adventure story, but lacked a little in the romance department. I wish there were more "love" moments between Rose and the White Bear. I was glad it had a happy ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book once when I was younger and loved it. I recently had to do a project for my English class using any book I wanted. I had been looking for this book for quite some time because I had forgotten it's title. I finally found it right at the time when I was starting the project and decided to read it again. It was just as good the second time; I once again fell in total love with the characters... Neddy, Rose, Charles... I would gladly read this book again :) I highly reccommend it!! :) Happy reading, ~Bee
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A unique and unexpected twist to Beauty and the Beast. Not your typical fairy tale retelling, which is why I enjoyed this book so much!! In the nook version, there were some typos; but it wasnt so bad that i got annoyed.
WordWanderer More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books that I can reread over and over again. A retelling of an old story with heartwarming characters.
schsreader0 More than 1 year ago
Rose’s mother (Eugenia) had a superstition that a north born child would face a life that was wild and uncontrollable. Rose was a north born child, but her mother tried to hide it and say she was east born. An east born child was said to live a peaceful and tame life. When Rose is asked to travel with a white bear in exchange for her sister to become well again, she decides it is best to travel with him to the north. However, when they are in the north Rose breaks a “condition”, and the white bear turns back into a man. Once the bear turned back into a man he was taken away by a queen. Rose immediately sets out on foot to find him, and eventually finds him east of the sun and West of the moon. Together they fall in love, and create their destination from there. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about fairy tales. I personally did not like this book at all, but I also learned that I don’t enjoy reading fairy tales. This book is full of adventure, and makes you think while you are reading. It also represents a lot of themes that are important in everyday life.
Indy25 More than 1 year ago
This is, by far, one of the most enjoyable books I have read in some time. I don’t care if am a decade older than the intended age group—I defy any adult to read this book and not enjoy the simplistic beauty of it. It is a beauty and the beast story, and a wonderful one. Rose is a brave and willful teenager who makes a grand sacrifice in her family’s time of need. The white bear is her friend, guardian and with time, love interest. A prince enchanted, he suffers from a terrible curse and Rose is key to his freedom. The story is beautifully written. Instead of focusing on the curse of appearances, the bear’s dilemma is deeper and far more tragic. The author’s writing truly sings when describing his turmoil to live as a bear but retain his humanity. Rose is breath of fresh air in an era of selfish, spoiled female protagonists. If I had a complaint, and it is a small one--is that the statutes of the bear’s curse are not all explained to the reader. Some are hinted at better than others. This book is worth every penny. Read it and enjoy.
Veva_Corona More than 1 year ago
I first read the very short version of this tale when I was about 7yrs old and it became my favorite. I found this book when I was about 16 yrs old and it is still one of my favorites. The characters are well written, the emotions are well displayed, and the reader is in a beautiful world of enchanting mountains and attractive, dangerous trolls. I will continue to re-read this book and I will definitely read this book to my children.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVE this book! I really wish they had it for the nook though so I could have it every where any time. But, anyway, this is one of my favorites, the plot and characters are well developed and there are tons and tons of description. You should read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
its great and you wont want to put it down but it is really very similar to "sun and moon, snow and ice"
Scotti_LeeMarie More than 1 year ago
This was a fabulous adventure. It has been a long time, measured over many books read, since I felt the need to sit back and savor the story. With the various settings that this it takes place in, the strong protagonist, and the writing that makes you feel like you are in all of this places right along with her, this is definitely one of those unforgettable tales that you will want to recommend to your friends and read over again!
Epic_Insanity More than 1 year ago
"East" is a book that you will want to read again-I know I did. I found it on a dusty shelf in the junior high library when I was but a youngster, I being one of the only students to traverse the exciting world of books. After reading it, I swore to purchase my own copy one day so that I might enjoy it whenever I desired. Five years later, I did just that when I accidentally discovered it on sale at our beloved B&N. I reread it to experience the ride all over again. And what a ride it was. Pattou tells her story from the narrating points of multiple characters: the protagonist, Rose, her favorite brother (she has many siblings) and father, the White Bear depicted on the book cover, and even the Troll Queen, a character whose interference in the storyline becomes known over time. By taking the stand point of many characters, Pattou had created a completely sound, full storyline. Not to mention, the detail put into the novel is clearly shown in the knowledge spent on the father's map industry and his love for wind roses. There is also the timeless addition of magic that makes this book one to fly through. The topic of finding one's place in the world is introduced, causing the reader to internally ponder. As the reader journeys with Rose, they begin to see a wonderful world unfold and also the awkwardness with which a teenage Rose tries find where she belongs. Rose's mother remains a stumbling block in her daughter's quest for self-realization, asserting that Rose is not to be one of the wandering children that we've all come to know and love for their adventurous side. "East" is exciting, mysterious, and even romantic. This novel does not stand out as the everyday teenage read, but it should be found on young adult bookshelves everywhere. Pattou's book is all you need to find a truly astounding fiction novel with a splash into the world of magic.
Mel-Loves-Books More than 1 year ago
“That’s the trouble with loving a wild thing: You’re always left watching the door. But you also get kind of used to it.” East by Edith Pattou is a retelling of fairytale East of the Sun and West of the Moon. East of the Sun and West of the Moon was one of my very very favorite fairytales when I was a young girl, and truthfully I felt like I might be alone in that. It doesn’t get talked about much. But It was a story in my very favorite storybook and I just adored it. This retelling was AMAZING. It was told from multiple perspectives and I was completely enthralled the entire time. I couldn’t be happier with how the story was told. This was a definite 5 star read for me.
DebbieMcCauley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
North-born Rose lives in a rural village in Norway. She is the youngest child of a poor mapmaker and his superstitious wife. North-born babies supposed to be wild, unpredictable, and often travel to the far ends of the earth. Rose's mother denies that destiny and insists she is east-born. A huge white bear comes to the door one evening and asks Rose to go with him and in exchange her desperately ill sister will be healed and the family will be lifted out of poverty. Loosely based on the folktale, East of the Sun and West of the Moon, the story is told through the voices of various characters which include the troll queen.
Yehudit on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This retelling of East of Sun, West of the Moon was hard to put down, especially with its short chapters that convince you to read one more... and just one more... The switch of narratives keeps the story fast paced and interesting.
patricia_poland on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A delicously satisfying young adult novel. Good twist on the "Beauty & the Beast" fairytale. A mapmaker & his superstitious wife have 7 children, each born facing a direction of a compass. Rose, a child conceived to take the place of a dead child, is born facing North--the one point her mother refused to have a child born too. (North-born's have wanderlust) Rose must leave her family and travel with a white Bear in order to save them (or so she believes) and therein lies a tale of adventure, romance, mystery & of course, the discovery of one's true self.
WittyreaderLI on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
East is a beautiful book. I highly recommend it!
dunemanic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
East is based on the Nordic fairy tale East of the Sun and West of the Moon. I grew up watching a film based on the tale called The Polar Bear King and East is yet another version of this beautiful tale.In Pattou's version, Rose is the youngest child of a farmer who wishes for adventure. After a series of events see her family evicted from their farm and a sister deathly ill Rose makes a deal with the "white bear". She will go with him and he will help her family.To reveal anything else would ruin the reimagining, since all the rest of the Myth is present.At first I was annoyed with Pattou's version. I'm a pretty hardcore 3rd Person Limited supporter. This book is written in First Person Limited and from the POV of at least 5 different characters, one of which is the bear but I'll get to that in a sec. After about 80 pages I got used to the First Person style and now that I've finished I can appreciate Pattou's approach. Each character has their own definite voice. Rose gets the majority of the "air time" but the most interesting POV is that of the Bear. His chapters are written in verse. Sparse, halting poems that do more to establish the bear's character than any inner monologue would, and it keeps the mystery going.I finished the book in a night, not because it was short, it just clears 500 pages, but because I REALLY wanted to know what was going to happen. The major moment of the story (present in all incarnations) is written almost breathlessly. And the conclusion, while imminent, was not overly sweet or completely predicitable.The novel DOES have it's problems. Some things seem far too convenient and I hated the presentation of the Troll Queen. Dumber than a box of rocks. The main "boss battle" at the end of the novel was severely stunted, but Pattou's descriptions of the arctic and the slow and building relationship she writes between Rose and the white bear makes this a definite read.
cmbohn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Themes: adventure, superstition, trolls, seafaring, magic, love, familySetting: Norway, more or lessRose is the youngest of a family of eight. Her highly superstitious mother insists that Rose is an East, according to the direction in which she was facing when she was born, which means Rose is destined to be an obedient, home-loving daughter. But the truth is that Rose is a North, born for adventure, wandering, exploration. Rose is restless, but doesn't question her fate until the white bear arrives. The bear has been watching her. If Rose will go with him, he promises good health and fortune for her family. Her mother agrees, but her father refuses. Rose defies him and sneaks out to meet the bear and ride away with him.If you have spotted this as a retelling of the fairy tale "East of the Sun and West of the Moon" then you probably have a good idea of the plot of this book. It sticks pretty closely to the traditional story. But the fun in a fairy tale retelling is not so much in unexpected plot twists as it is in the blend of the familiar tale and the writer's skill at creating characters that the reader can love and new little things that make them smile. This book does a very good job at all of those things.Rose is certainly a very smart, independent girl. She doesn't even seem to think twice when a bear shows up promising adventure. But when she begins the next stage of her adventure, her stubbornness will save her life.I liked this one a lot. I loved Jessica Day George's version of the same story, Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow a little more, I think, but this one is very good. 4.5 stars
lindentree on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I picked this one up at the library on a whim after opening it up to a random page and finding that I liked the author's prose. I'm not usually a fan of first-person anything, especially not when the narration cycles between characters, but I thought that Pattou managed it well.There were definitely a few tropes that I would have liked to see handled more subtly -- I'm not going to complain about a stereotypical this or that in a book that's this rooted in myth, but I think that the ending could have been woven in a bit more seamlessly, and the villain portrayed a touch more dimensionally. Certain points in the plot require a bit of a stretch of the imagination to work.Over all, it's definitely worth the full afternoon it took to read. I enjoyed the narration and thought that the story was very sweet, and both Rose and the bear were engaging characters.
emperatrix on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
From beginning to end, I was enchanted by the novel and could not put it down! I was almost sad to reach the end and know that the story was over, but like the best of fairy tales, I know that this is a story that I will return to again and again.~*~spoiler alert~*~East begins with the mysterious contents of a box found in an old attic. The discovery reveals a series of objects and a selection of writings--a record of a most fantastical journey to the ends of the world and beyond.Eugenia knows that she will have seven children, as surely as she knows that the sun will rise in the east. One child for each point of the compass rose, except North. Her husband does not put much stock in her superstitious beliefs regarding birth-directions, but he humors his wife and shares in the joys of family life; what does it matter the direction a child is facing when they are born? Seven children are born and Eugenia's wish is met, until one of the girls is lost. There must be an East in the family and Eugenia will do whatever she must to ensure that this is so, even lie.Ebba Rose, Ebba for East, is born to replace Elise. She knows this and finds it difficult to replace her patient, East-born sister when she feels a constant restlessness and desire for adventure. Rose dreams of the adventures that she will have in the company of her imaginary white-bear, but what if the adventure is more than a dream?Rose's tale is told by five distinct voices: Rose, her brother Neddy, her father, the White Bear, and the Troll Queen, each adding a different perspective to the narrative. The voices blend together seamlessly to add depth to the tale, resulting in what is one of the best fairy tale retellings I have read since Robin McKinley's Beauty and Rose Daughter.Rose is a brave and strong-willed heroine, her character developing as she journeys to the frozen north on a quest to find the land that does not exist. The story is comparable to Cupid and Psyche, Orpheus and Eurydice, and Beauty and the Beast. The combination of myth and realism make Rose's tale stand out as a sort of history of events; the reader almost imagines that these events might have happened.Gricel @ things-she-read.org