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The War of the Roses

(1981)
(A book in the War of the Roses series)
A novel by

 
 
The War of the Roses has overtime emerged as a synonym for modern divorce and its emotional aftershock. It has since its publication spawned numerous film and stage adaptations, endless discourse on the dynamics of divorce as well as becoming part of the legal jargon describing the proceedings that follow.

Adler's iconic tale takes us from suburban bliss to an deadly territorial battle. Jonathan and
Barbara Rose are at first glance the perfect couple. Jonathan has a stable law career; Barbara is an aspiring gourmet entrepreneur with a promising pate recipe. Their large home holds the rich antique collection that originally brought them together, as well as the loving familial bond that intertwines them with their children Eve and Josh.
When Jonathan finds himself suddenly gripped by what is presumably a heart attack and Barbara confronts the loveless spell lingering between them, the sun-soaked sky that was once the Rose family union drifts into a torrential downpour. Their mutual hatred becomes ammunition in a domestic warfare that escalates in the most unpredictable ways while they helplessly eye their dwindling nuptial flame. In the chaos that unfolds Adler allows a moment of much needed contemplation on the shape of today's matrimonial bonds.

The War of the Roses illuminates the relationship-shattering materialism, contempt and selfishness of husband and wife by posing a timeless question, how far are we willing to allow our material possessions the power to define who we are? Are today's marriages haunted by the struggle to get even?

    

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Hardback Editions

December 1981 : USA Hardback
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Title: The War of the Roses
Author(s): Warren Adler
ISBN: 1-59006-008-3 / 978-1-59006-008-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Stonehouse Press
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April 1981 : USA Hardback
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Title: The War of the Roses: A Novel
Author(s): Warren Adler
ISBN: 0-446-51220-6 / 978-0-446-51220-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grand Central Pub
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Paperback Editions

April 2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: The War of the Roses
Author(s): Warren Adler
ISBN: 1-4022-0195-8 / 978-1-4022-0195-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
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December 1981 : USA Paperback
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Title: The War of the Roses
Author(s): Warren Adler
ISBN: 1-931304-56-4 / 978-1-931304-56-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Stonehouse Press
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February 1990 : UK Paperback
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Title: The War of the Roses
Author(s): Warren Adler
ISBN: 0-09-973570-9 / 978-0-09-973570-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd
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November 1989 : USA Mass Market Paperback

Title: War of the Roses: Movie Edition (Signet)
Author(s): Warren Adler
ISBN: 0-451-16656-6 / 978-0-451-16656-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Signet
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Audio Editions

July 2016 : MP3 CD
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Title: The War of the Roses
Author(s): Warren Adler
ISBN: 1-5226-8578-2 / 978-1-5226-8578-4
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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March 2010 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The War of the Roses
Author(s): Warren Adler
Publisher: Audible Studios
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March 2010 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The War of the Roses
Author(s): Warren Adler
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

January 2017 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The War of the Roses
Author(s): Warren Adler
Publisher: Stonehouse Press
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