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Praise for Prickly Roses


Prickly Roses: Stories from a Life may just as well have been called The Unimaginable, Fascinating, and Unspeakably Magical Life of Joyce Abell. Her childhood adventures rival those of Harry Potter, except her stories are better because they’re true. The world she recounts is all but lost to us now, and so I am doubly grateful to Joyce Abell for writing her history down.

Ann Patchett, author of Commonwealth and Bel Canto 


Joyce Abell is a wonder! To write such a potently frank, luscious, character-rich memoir is no small thing, at any age. But to be able to describe childhood mysteries of abuse and neglect without an ounce of blame, but with a brilliantly clear, calm, long-ranging eye is astonishing. Abell has known a life in which odd things continued to happen, people like Paul Robeson and Langston Hughes managed to show up, and her gusto for new surprises and new days remained unshaken. I adore this book and this author and you will too.

Naomi Shihab Nye, author of Habibi and The Turtle of Oman

Passager Presents: Joyce Abell


The author talks about the publication of her first book at age 92.


Memoir | Soft cover | 168 Pages | $18