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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (754 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Margaret Dilloway Narrator: Andrea Gallo Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Best known for her debut novel How to Be an American Housewife, Margaret Dilloway is a John Gardner Fiction Book Award finalist. In The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns, thirty-six-year-old Gal Garner lives according to a strict plan. Only happy when caring for her roses, she dreams of one day bringing her own variety to market. But when her teenage niece arrives for an unexpected visit, the organization of Gal’s life evaporates. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Exquisite…Dilloway’s keen prose and an unexpected ending lift The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns…into something something special.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “A richly textured diversion from standard treatments of family angst, Dilloway’s new novel expresses a graceful understanding of the virtues of mercy.”


  • “Andrea Gallo dramatizes the contrast between Gal’s joy in her roses and her weariness at her daily struggles…Gallo’s voice hints at the vulnerability Gal hides under a gruff manner that contrasts with her passion for her roses and the sense of control they give her.”


  • “Believable situations with well-drawn characters make this novel as lovely as the roses Gal tends. Dilloway’s second novel…is a captivating study of how love and understanding nurture our lives. Engaging, enlightening, thoughtful, this is a winner.”

    Library Journal

  • “[An] exquisitely written novel about love and redemption…A witty and compassionate lesson about the importance of empathy, friendship, and family.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Selected for the August 2012 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lindzie | 2/18/2014

    " For her second book, Margaret Dilloway did a great job telling this story. I liked how her inspiration came from her sister-in-law who was a kidney transplant patient. I found it sad that the main character, Gal, didn't receive her transplant in the end. But I think this is how it must feel to a lot of people going through this. I felt like the sister, Becky, could have been a little more developed but seeing as the story was being told mostly about Gal, the sister is just a side character that probably didn't need much time in the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Allison | 2/15/2014

    " I loved this book! Gal's transformation was like the blooming of a rose, and a few thorns remained, just like life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jennifer | 2/4/2014

    " A beautiful character-driven story. I enjoyed each character and what they brought to the story. It reminded me a little of "The Language of Flowers." I found the parts about the roses and the rose shows interesting, but it was the characters, Gal and Riley who I fell in love with. These were characters I could see traits of myself in. I was teary in some parts and laughing in others. I highly recommend this story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Pam | 1/26/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book-well written, interesting and great characters. "

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