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By Jane Roberts Wood
304 pages
Hardcover, Dutton, 2003, $23.95 ISBN: 0-525-94715-9
Paperback, Plume, 2004, $14.00 ISBN: 0-452-28549-6

The people in Lone Oak, Texas not only know "it takes a village," they are willing to reach out to their neighbors in order to construct the village.

Anne Hamilton, who teaches at the Lone Oak Community College, has created a course for single parents in need of changing their lives. She may relate a bit too close for comfort as her life is need of change too.

Mary Lou, who works at the Dairy Queen, has had too many changes in her life recently -- her husband was killed in an accident after an argument witnessed by their daughter; Echo, her daughter, has run away and is living in a tree house; and her phone has been turned off because she's never learned how to pay the bills. She's decided to take control of her life and enrolling in Anne's class is the first step. 

When the class meets for the first time, both Anne and Mary Lou realize their lives are in transition despite their decisions not because of them. 

Jane Roberts Wood's descriptions of small town life resonate with good will. The characters she created have Texas-sized hearts as well as Texas-sized problems. Roseborough is a book for both the old and young. 

A recipient of the Texas Institute of Letters Award in addition to fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, Jane Roberts Wood lives in Dallas. Her previous novels include:  Grace, Dance A Little Longer, A Place Called Sweet Shrub, and the Train to Estaline Trilogy.

Pam Kingsbury
Southern Scribe Reviews

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