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Bone Meal for Roses – the new novel by Miranda Sherry

Bone Meal for RosesFrom Miranda Sherry, the author of Black Dog Summer, comes a captivating new novel – Bone Meal for Roses:

Poppy was six years old when she was rescued from her abusive mother and taken to her grandparents’ farm to recover.

There, in the Breede Valley, where arid South African scrub exists alongside vineyards and fruit orchards, Poppy succumbs to the magic of their garden. Slowly, her memories fade and her wounds begin to heal.

But as Poppy grows up into a strange, fierce and beautiful young woman, her childhood memories start to surface. And then a love affair with a married carpenter across the valley explodes her world.

This is a lush, lyrical novel about a young girl’s struggle to come to terms with her past. It’s a coming-of-age tale with an edge, and a love story with a serving of strange …
About the author

Black Dog SummerMiranda Sherry was seven when she began writing stories. A few decades, numerous strange jobs (including puppeteer, bartender and musician), and many manuscripts later, Black Dog Summer was published by Head of Zeus. Miranda’s second novel, Bone Meal for Roses, is now available in South Africa. Her first work, Days Like Glass, was shortlisted for the EU Literary Award in South Africa in 2005. Sherry currently lives in Johannesburg with her sort-of-husband and two weird cats, and is working on her next book.

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