Rose's Will

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When it comes to unconditional love, Italian matriarch, Rose D'Orsi is deeply challenged. Nobody feels it more than Glory, her estranged 48-year-old lesbian daughter. Though Rose attracts the attention of Eli Fineman, a rich Bulgarian Holocaust survivor whose love, compassion, and wit affects people in unimaginable ways, he arrives too late in life to teach Rose how to be a good mother, even to Ricky, the child she favors.

When Rose gets a terminal illness, Ricky is stretched beyond his limits, juggling a blue-collar job, a family, and his mother’s unreasonable demands. Glory adds to the problem when she returns to Brooklyn to enlist her brother in a comically poignant effort to make peace with her abusive mother. Caught between two strong women, Ricky capitulates to his sister and there’s hell to pay until Rose’s unfortunate death, which sets off a sequence of events that causes the siblings to question their life choices and each other.

Sometimes it takes a personal tragedy to look within, but when Rose's will clouds everyone's judgment, it takes a bold act and a devastating catastrophe to elevate the human spirit.

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HahahaComedy
September 26, 2011 - 3:12am

I really enjoyed this book. I read it from beginning to end in one sitting, and it was well worth the discomfort of sitting in the same chair for 5 hours.

Rose's Will is story that should appeal to virtually anyone who has encountered family drama. The author's tale of acceptance, reconciliation, forgiveness, and moral responsibility is told through the eyes of three different people and three totally different perspectives. The pace is quick and not weighed down by excessive descriptive filler, although in places I wouldn't have minded knowing more about certain characters and situations. The character Eli is so well written and insightful that I wouldn't mind reading an entire novel just about his life experiences.

While there are some hard-hitting and somewhat disturbing scenes in the book, it's well balanced with just the right amount of comic relief. I especially liked the exchanges between the Glory's young niece and nephew. All in all, Rose's Will is a great read. Denise DeSio should be very proud of her first novel. She really hit a home run.

Rating: 
5
Average: 5 (1 vote)


 
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Dianne Post
October 4, 2011 - 5:51pm

To keep a writing group fresh, it is necessary to invite new voices with a new style and a new critique. That’s what I did when I found out Denise DeCio was writing a novel. We got all three in spades – a voice, a style and well we won’t go into her critiques!

Take the messy stew of family emotions, add a dash of savory sense, a tablespoon each of love and tragedy, some salt of the earth, slip in some hidden spices and mix liberally with humor – what do you get? Rose’s Will that keeps you laughing, crying or sitting on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

Some of the characters you want to slap, some you want to hug, and some you won’t forget. Like us, they have their contradictions, their secrets and their core values. Like them, we can learn something from honoring what’s most valuable in life.

Rating: 
5
Average: 5 (1 vote)


 
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Claire
October 5, 2011 - 2:36pm

Although this book is published as a novel, it is heavily
autobiographical, and tells the story of Glory, a strong, authentic
lesbian who truly never spent a single day in the closet. Glory is a
woman who heads directly for the truth -- every time, no matter what
the personal cost, and for this reason alone, I highly recommend
Rose's Will.

But Rose's Will delivers so much more. There are three main
characters, each of whom rotates by chapter, and flawlessly advances the
plot to an exciting conclusion, with an unexpected twist at the very
end. One of these characters is Eli, a wealthy Bulgarian philosopher
with a unique and little known Holocaust survival story. Whereas Glory
is the voice of truth, Eli is the voice of reason and draws the reader
in with his intelligence, warmth, and an endless capacity for the cognitive process.
His thoughts on morality as it applies to religion are as follows:
"The human condition is such that, with or without the gods, both
kindness and cruelty are inevitable. Each day a man gets out of bed
and chooses what he will do. And later he, and the people affected by
him, enjoy or suffer the consequences. I do not say that I am not
appalled by baser instincts, but to dwell on them makes a bitter man.
To hold in your heart memories of courage, compassion, generosity –
ah, that makes a better man."

Ricky, Glory's brother, is the third main character. A blue-collar
workaholic with way too much on his plate, he has lost himself trying
to be all things to all people. But Mr. Nice Guy doesn't realize that
he is a powder keg ready to explode, and that's not all that explodes
in this novel. (That's a clue, but I don't want to include a spoiler!)

So who is Rose? Well, she is one revolting matriarch, around whom
all the characters in the book revolve. She is stubborn, selfish,
ignorant and abusive, but whether the characters avoid her, cater to
her, hate her, or love her unconditionally, each of them struggles to
find his or her own personal and/or moral plateau.

In addition to all of the above, DeSio has an amazing talent for voice
and dialogue. Never once does she break character, whether she's
portraying a 71 year old Bulgarian Jew, a 40 year old cable guy, or a
lesbian atheist. Everyone I know who has read Rose's Will reported being
riveted to their seats.

Get this book. You won’t be sorry.

Rating: 
5
Average: 5 (1 vote)


 
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Claire
October 5, 2011 - 2:36pm

Although this book is published as a novel, it is heavily
autobiographical, and tells the story of Glory, a strong, authentic
lesbian who truly never spent a single day in the closet. Glory is a
woman who heads directly for the truth -- every time, no matter what
the personal cost, and for this reason alone, I highly recommend
Rose's Will.

But Rose's Will delivers so much more. There are three main
characters, each of whom rotates by chapter, and flawlessly advances the
plot to an exciting conclusion, with an unexpected twist at the very
end. One of these characters is Eli, a wealthy Bulgarian philosopher
with a unique and little known Holocaust survival story. Whereas Glory
is the voice of truth, Eli is the voice of reason and draws the reader
in with his intelligence, warmth, and an endless capacity for the cognitive process.
His thoughts on morality as it applies to religion are as follows:
"The human condition is such that, with or without the gods, both
kindness and cruelty are inevitable. Each day a man gets out of bed
and chooses what he will do. And later he, and the people affected by
him, enjoy or suffer the consequences. I do not say that I am not
appalled by baser instincts, but to dwell on them makes a bitter man.
To hold in your heart memories of courage, compassion, generosity –
ah, that makes a better man."

Ricky, Glory's brother, is the third main character. A blue-collar
workaholic with way too much on his plate, he has lost himself trying
to be all things to all people. But Mr. Nice Guy doesn't realize that
he is a powder keg ready to explode, and that's not all that explodes
in this novel. (That's a clue, but I don't want to include a spoiler!)

So who is Rose? Well, she is one revolting matriarch, around whom
all the characters in the book revolve. She is stubborn, selfish,
ignorant and abusive, but whether the characters avoid her, cater to
her, hate her, or love her unconditionally, each of them struggles to
find his or her own personal and/or moral plateau.

In addition to all of the above, DeSio has an amazing talent for voice
and dialogue. Never once does she break character, whether she's
portraying a 71 year old Bulgarian Jew, a 40 year old cable guy, or a
lesbian atheist. Everyone I know who has read Rose's Will reported being
riveted to their seats.

Get this book. You won’t be sorry.

Rating: 
5
Average: 5 (1 vote)


 
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Denise Gabrielle
October 11, 2011 - 12:28am

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved how well I got to know each character throughout the story without having to go back and wonder who it was that was being referred to. This book was a page turner from the very beginning. Some parts were painful to read and others made me smile. This is filled with the highs and lows of relationships and families. It kept me cheering for the best to come out in everyone and I loved how Denise weaved her story from beginning to end. I hope she will write many more books.

Rating: 
5
Average: 5 (1 vote)


 
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old friend
October 14, 2011 - 4:02pm

Fortunately for me, through the invention of facebook, I have rekindled a childhood friendship with the author of this book. The history between us has made this story wonderfully nostalgic and, because we lost touch after high school, especially enticing. I found myself completely wrapped up, as Glory "filled me in" on her life to the present time, with a voice that clearly reflects both the difficulties she's faced and the happiness she's found. The strength, the humor, the sarcasm, the sentimentality, the history, the insight, the warmth and a genuine talent for story telling, made this a rich, captivating, well written page turner, definitely worth reading! My only regret is that my e-book can't be signed "To my old friend" with a particularly swirly autograph

Rating: 
5
Average: 5 (1 vote)


 
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Elizabeth Guizzetti
October 17, 2011 - 11:00am

This is a fantastic debut novel that carefully balances wit with messy family drama

The chapters are divided into three points of view and DiSio created three believable characters. Glory, Ricky, and Eli are complete full fledged people that come to life the moment they step off the page. I enjoyed seeing some of the same scenes from all three points of view. The reader immediately empathizes and understands them.

The secondary characters were also wonderful--especially the Aunties. I enjoyed how Glory, Ricky, or Eli's perspective of them and their actions were completely different.

Rating: 
5
Average: 5 (1 vote)


 
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Irene Burns
October 24, 2011 - 2:53pm

This book has absolutely nothing to do with me.
Well, ok, maybe I can relate to two things: I do love a wicked sense of humor and I share a strong sense of fair play. But that's all.
My own loving mother died when I was a kid - she didn't torture me well into adulthood.
I'm not a lesbian.
I've never known a wise holocaust survivor - or a dumb one, for that matter.
What I'm trying to say is that although this book has nothing to do with my life, I now know these characters as if they were my people.

Please write more, Denise DeSio! And hurry up. I want this experience again and again.
There's nothing like curling up with a good book, and this was a great one.

Rating: 
5
Average: 5 (1 vote)


 
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thesundiva@aol.com
October 31, 2011 - 12:50am

Warning: Do not begin reading unless you have a block of uninterrupted time. You will not want to stop reading until you reach a surprising conclusion. Prepare to be drawn into the comic sometimes sad, sometimes frustrating tales of family discord. The family relationships revolving around the matriarch give insight to acceptance, forgiveness, redemption and ultimately how the choices we make impact our lives.
Think combination of Elizabeth Berg, Rubyfruit Jungle, and Irma Bombeck. Well written with intelligence and humor

Rating: 
5
Average: 5 (1 vote)


 
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cablemn
November 1, 2011 - 11:23pm

In recent years I have sort of given up book reading. I've become like my kids, instant gratification, get to point in record time and move on. But I read "Roses Will" and have rediscovered what its like to enjoy the journey of the the story. I was almost sorry I got to the last page so quickly. Denise has a way to draw you into the story, to make you want to listen to her and her characters. You start to feel like you're one of the family. Like shes talking to you over a cup of coffee and giving you the inside dirt. I like that. Reading it made me feel like her special friend. I can't wait to read what comes next. I've become an instant fan.

Rating: 
5
Average: 5 (1 vote)


 
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Weesa
November 6, 2011 - 10:41pm

Rose's Will by Denise DeSio was a great read. To be honest, I was fully prepared to dislike this book since this isn't my genre of choice but I was very pleasantly surprised. I really enjoyed the characters which made this book hard to put down. It was hard to pick up too, because I read it on my computer. Looking forward to Denise's next literary masterpiece.

Rating: 
5
Average: 5 (1 vote)


 
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Roxanne Kade
November 29, 2011 - 11:35pm

It has been a long time since a book affected me in such a profound way. Rose's Will took me on a beautiful rollercoaster ride of raw human emotion, and I went from smiling one minute, to laughing out loud, and finally sobbing my eyes out. DeSio captures the very essence of dramatic family life and unravels some interesting truths about the family dynamic that most people would prefer to turn a blind eye to.
The book is told through three POV's which all centre round Rose D'Orsi, the family matriarch and tyrant. Each character is so well-written and defined that it wasn't difficult connecting with them.
Glory, Rose's daughter, whose continued efforts to gain her mother's approval puts more of a strain on their already weakened relationship. Her behaviour, although very much justified, had me at times wondering about her own stubborn intolerance for her mother.
Ricky, Glory's younger brother. His loyalty to Rose has left him bitter and self-righteous. He loves his sister very much but, always the one to pick up the pieces, Ricky's disdain for Glory becomes clearer as the book draws to an end.
My favorite character was Eli, a soft spoken, compassionate soul, always searching for the good in people. Eli's view of Rose is a full 180 to her childrens'. Rose's feistiness and garish behaviour excited him, and he was very much the yin to her yang.
In the end, the story offers a wonderful twist that left a smile on my lips for hours after I had finished reading it.
It was a great pleasure reading Rose's Will and I look forward to more amazing stories penned by Denise DeSio.

Rating: 
5
Average: 5 (1 vote)


 
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DQMcDaniel
December 1, 2011 - 2:45am

I read "Rose's Will" on the computer, an activity I never imagined enjoying... and found myself looking forward to my next middle-of-the-night opportunity to read more, until I finished this novel a few minutes ago.

All families have secrets, misunderstandings, skewed perspectives, and resultant difficulties in relating to one another. "Rose's Will" does a fine job of illustrating how our individual choices come with their own opportunity cost, and how actively we participate in how we see another (as opposed to "that's just how they are.") Each of the main characters of "Rose's Will" has her/his own brand of heroism, as well as a stubborn insistence regarding what is the "truth." This is a story that becomes more gripping the further you read, until you must finish it. I am impressed with the author's skill in bringing us along for the ride, using the clever device of three very different viewpoints of daughter, son, and lover of the woman who so profoundly affected them.

I highly recommend this book to others, and thank Ms. Desio for writing her tale.

Rating: 
5
Average: 5 (1 vote)


 
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Laurielack
January 8, 2012 - 8:57pm

I don't read a lot of novels, but I do enjoy memoir. Rose's Will falls somewhere in-between those categories, and I couldn't put it down. The characters are rich and compelling, the dialogue rings true, and the story takes a potentially depressing situation to a redeeming conclusion without becoming sappy or preachy. I like that. Denise has done some real and meaningful work in being able to reveal the characters in this story from complex angles. I applaud this wonderful first novel, and will look forward to the next one.

Rating: 
5
Average: 5 (1 vote)


 
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Janeo
March 11, 2012 - 4:15pm

This is a novel about the plight of a woman, Glory, trying to understand her Mother, Rose. And Glory's subsequent repeated attempts to have a relationship with Rose despite physical and emotional abuse and neglect. While Glory and her younger brother Ricky were both abused as kids, Glory becomes the primary target. Glory is supported by extended family and neighbors until she is able to flee, marry and escape her Mother's pernicious ways. Rose "spat on the step and said: don't come back here." After two children and a divorce, Glory meets Claire and when she announces her lesbianism her Mother behaves more vehemently, denouncing her existence further, shaming her. She refuses to accept Claire, her partner. Ricky remains the loyal son, involved in Rose's life out of duty and spends the years placating her. Neither Ricky nor Glory feel authentic love from Rose.

While it is never quite clear what mental illness Rose suffered, we learn details of her insults, torture, emotional and physical abuse of her children. Glory seeming to be the recipient of the most of her fury. As Glory matures through the years and becomes a Mother herself, she "watched her brother love their Mother only because she (Rose) allows him to"...And Glory remains "shockingly devastated by her spiteful unwillingness to allow me the same...priviledge."

The dialog and tone of Brooklyn is rich and convincing, e.g. "fuhgeddaboutit." All the way to the best eggplant pizza at The Ray's pizza in the The Village. The family dysfunction content is unquestionably disheartening. But the resilience of the human spirit is demonstrated over and over as Glory tells her story, arriving at the point of becomming the "Ward and June Cleaver of the local lesbian community" across country where she and claire relocate in Phoenix, AZ. She is the domestic diva and Claire the Ceo/sales-business woman.

Later she learns of a Bulgarian gentleman who befriends her Mother and to her amazement, from him she learns about an entirely different person; a different Rose, he knew and loved for eight years. It was eight years worth of personhood she could relate to that she would have liked to have known firsthand. But her Mother never allowed. He becomes a part of the family and poses some interesting questions and insights.

Rose leaves a small fortune behind and the meaning of that becomes fodder for Ricky and Glory's relationship to understand. The question of choices we make as adults, care taking our parents, carrying out their wishes at death, and a multitude of ethical issues crop up to test the veracity of their relationship.

While the story of Rose and her unmotherly behaviours pervade the novel, the reader is paradoxically delivered if you will, by the events of November 11, 2001. The extreme nature surrounding the chaos that ensues reminds the family what is most important in life.

Glory is most remarkable in giving us the answer we all long for: that she is able to find love. It may have taken "seven years, three therapists (hers, mine, ours), 24 step recovery (12 each),...teeth gritting tenacity..." have been the ingredients of her relationship with Claire..."the love of my life."

The novel is rich with dialog and wit. I would have appreciated more sensate NYC descriptors but it tells the story very effectively. Denise DeSio's Pedantic grasp of words and story telling is clean and smart. The reader is drawn in, wanting more. There are no cliche's or predictable scenes. And for a first novel, it hits squarely in the heart and soul. Where the will is hidden keeps the reader guessing.

One thing is for sure. We can expect more from this new author.

Signed,

Janice Bell

Rating: 
5
Average: 5 (1 vote)


 

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