"Brooklyn Roses" captures the heartbeat of Italian-American family life and escape to simpler times

May 16, 2020 297

"Brooklyn Roses", a novel by Catherine Gigante-Brown. Brooklyn Roses follows the travails and triumphs of that loud, loving Italian-American family from Borough Park. The riveting story picks up more than a dozen years after The Bells of Brooklyn, in the turbulent late 1950s/early 1960s.

It weaves an unforgettable tale that encompasses forbidden love, illicit crime, joyous celebrations, heartbreaking tragedies—and the intricacies of life itself. Are we destined to repeat the sins of our fathers or forge a different road? It’s all there—beloved new characters, tried-and-true favorites and that captivating combination of folklore, food and family that’s become a Gigante-Brown trademark.

“The true beauty of roses is that they return each year, no matter what. They challenge wrought iron fences. They stand up to barbed wire… Roses come back, stronger, more insistent… The same could be said of people— each generation is more resilient… So spins the circle of Paradiso roses… It will continue to flourish for years to come, after the last Paradiso has gone. Because Brooklyn Roses are among the very best.” Sequel to The El & The Bells of Brooklyn Final Installment in The El Trilogy A compelling family saga spanning decades.

About The Author: A writer of fiction, non fiction and poetry, Catherine Gigante-Brown was born in Brooklyn, where she still lives with her husband and son. This is her fifth Volossal novel: Different Drummer (2015) was released between The El (2012) and its sequel The Bells of Brooklyn (2017), followed by Better than Sisters (2019).

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