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Guardian Unlimited Books | Review | Review: Permanent Rose by Hilary McKay

In yesterday's Guardian, Diana Wynne Jones was depressed by Hilary McKay's Permanent Rose

As this is supposed to be a funny book, any distress is glossed over. At the bad times, we are told that the family is "stressed" or "arguing" or both, but no more. And Rose's actual name, the Permanent Rose of the title, is said at the end to be "A promise". I wonder why? Nothing has substantially changed. No guidance has been given. As a child of a dysfunctional family myself, I found it truly depressing.

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