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Publisher's Summary

Passion, infidelity, social climbing, and one very special white rose weave a seductive narrative in this intelligent and tender novel.

At 48 Marian Kahn, a professor of history at Columbia, has reached a comfortable perch. Married, wealthy, and the famed discoverer of the eighteenth-century adventuress Lady Charlotte Wilcox, she ought to be content. Instead she is horrified to find herself profoundly in love with 26-year-old Oliver, the son of her eldest friend. When Marian's cousin, the snobbish Barton, announces his engagement to Sophie, a graduate student in Marian's department, Marian, Oliver, and Sophie find their lives woefully entangled and their hearts turned in unfamiliar directions. All three of them will learn that love may seldom be straightforward, but it's always a gift.

From the West Village to the Upper East Side, from the Hamptons to Millbrook, The White Rose is at once a nuanced and affectionate reimagining of Strauss' beloved opera, Der Rosenkavalier, and a mesmerizing novel of our own time and place.

©2015 Jean Hanff Korelitz (P)2015 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"This excellent literary mystery [unfolds] with authentic detail in a rarified contemporary Manhattan...intriguing and beautiful." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Amanda
  • Dardanelle, AR, United States
  • 03-27-15

This book is as slow as christmas!

What disappointed you about The White Rose?

I work and listen to Books (instead of music) for 12+ hours a day. With this book I found myself having to turn it off just to finish work because it was putting me to sleep. *yawn*

What was most disappointing about Jean Hanff Korelitz’s story?

SOOO S-L--O-O-O-O-O-W. It just kept dragging on and on.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I do not think the narrator did a bad job. I just think it was a bad story.

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  • Debra
  • New York, NY, United States
  • 04-27-17

Loved it!

What made the experience of listening to The White Rose the most enjoyable?

I thought the narration was excellent.

Who was the most memorable character of The White Rose and why?

Oliver; I found him so interesting and I really liked him.

Any additional comments?

I loved the story.

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Bought by mistake but astonishingly worth it

Beautifully written and narrated
Great character study and analysis
Lovely story line and development
I look forward to other books for Jean Hanff Korelitz

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Giving this book more than 1 star is generous

Lots of fluff, struggled to stay awake while trying to finish it. Very boring, and the ending seemed too tamed.