The War of the Roses

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Pub Date 07 Dec 2020 | Archive Date 19 Jul 2021

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The ULTIMATE battle of the spouses!

Read the iconic novel that became a Hollywood box-office hit!

Jonathan Rose has a cushy law career, and Barbara's gourmet culinary business is just a pâté recipe away from glory. Add in their picture-perfect children - matrimonial perfection!

But the line between suburban bliss and guerilla warfare is thin...

When Jonathan has a heart attack scare, the sudden event unmasks their idyllic family life, revealing the loveless union underneath. The Roses' mutual hatred becomes ammunition in a bloody (and hilarious) domestic battle.

"The gradual progression from cuddly love to cooking the dog's liver into pate is... MESMERIZING!"

Read Adler's macabre divorce masterpiece today!

The ULTIMATE battle of the spouses!

Read the iconic novel that became a Hollywood box-office hit!

Jonathan Rose has a cushy law career, and Barbara's gourmet culinary business is just a pâté recipe...


A Note From the Publisher

This is the book that inspired one of the most famous movies about divorce ever produced. The movie is shown somewhere in the world every week, and the book has been translated in almost every language on the planet. War of the Roses tells the story of Oliver and Barbara Rose, who thought they had a perfect marriage, only to discover that their relationship was barely skin deep. The war they wage against each other eventually descends into brutality and madness as they destroy each others most prized possessions and spiral into chaos. The global impact of both the book and the movie has brought the phrase "The War of the Roses" into the accepted jargon describing the terrible hatred and cruelty engendered in divorce proceedings.

Durng his lifetime, Adler authored over fifty published novels, plays, poems and essays, and more than a hundred short stories. Best known for The War of the Roses, his masterpiece fictionalization of a macabre divorce turned into the dark comedy box office hit starring Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito, Adler quickly became the fountainhead of Hollywood screenplay adaptations, fueling an unprecedented bidding war in a Hollywood commission for his unpublished book Private Lies. Tri-State Pictures outbid Warner Bros and Columbia, and purchased the film rights to Private Lies for $1.2 million, the highest sums yet paid then in Hollywood for an unpublished manuscript. Starring Harrison Ford and Kristin Scott Thomas, Random Hearts was described by The New York Times as having “stylistic polish and keenness of observation not often found in American films anymore.” His adapted play based on his novel The War of the Roses has had numerous productions overseas and a Broadway production is planned.

This is the book that inspired one of the most famous movies about divorce ever produced. The movie is shown somewhere in the world every week, and the book has been translated in almost every...


Advance Praise

"Tight, unique, intimate . . . fascinating and unusual." -- West Coast Review of Books

"Warren Adler writes with skill and a sense of scene." -- New York Times Book Review 

"Tight, unique, intimate . . . fascinating and unusual." -- West Coast Review of Books

"Warren Adler writes with skill and a sense of scene." -- New York Times Book Review 


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I LOVED this book. I read it in one afternoon as I just couldn't put it down.

The Roses start off as a seemingly normal, if a little bonkers, couple who appear to have everything. The inevitable spiral into self-destruction is tantalising. It is cringey, far-fetched but wonderfully voyeuristic to watch - there is a touch of the 'real housewives' or 'Made in Chelsea' about it as you watch the unravelling insanity as the Roses try to take each other down no matter the damage they cause to themselves or others.

I felt sympathy for both of the Roses and could understand the initial drive to cling onto the home they had made together, and each decision they made - despite the inevitable destruction, in some ways seemed ration and forgivable...

I thought the ending was wonderfully written, and still had an element of surprise.

This was not what I expected, and not the type of book that I would usually read, but I absolutely loved it!

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I absolutely love this movie and wanted to read the book for awhile. I definitely wasn’t disappointed and neither will you be. Amazing book.

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A ferocious, fiendish and utterly compelling portrait of a dysfunctional couple descent into hell, The war of the Roses kept me in stitches all night long! I couldn't believe how nasty those two dimwitted idiots were to each other and how determined they were to destroy each other. A marvellous and truculent tapestry of marital bliss gone absolutely bonkers and an unflinching look and vitriolic description of the venomous and almost murderous consequences that brings about the total destruction of a marriage.
Very hilarious & peppered with some unforgettable verbal pyrotechnics, this delightful psychological novel is also a terrific slice of late 70s-early 80s American life! Now I need to watch the 1989 film version once again!
Highly recommended and to be enjoyed without any moderation👍

Many thanks to Netgalley and Stonehouse Press for this fantastic ARC

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This was an interesting read that was hilarious to experience. War of the Roses may be a well known title but you haven't seen it like this!

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I am always a fan of dark comedy and this definitely did not disappoint in that vein. I knew that the book was based on an awful divorce, but never saw the movie and knew nothing going into this book. It starts out slowly and builds up into such and unbelievable frenzy of craziness. This is one of those books that I could not stop reading once I got invested because I had to know what happens next. The sheer level of creativity in the exploits was genius, however I wish the characters would have been more developed. It was hard to take any side which was good for propelling the plotline. I did not end up understanding the character of Ann and why she was so invested. I felt that her character was unnecessary in the grand scheme of things. The ending left me just spellbound. I could not stop thinking about resolution. I thought this was a thrill ride of a book that really did have some valid points about relationships and marriage. Thanks for the ARC, NetGalley.

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This is not a book where you can fall in love with the characters. The War of the Roses begins with marital bliss that quickly disintegrates into the divorce from hell. The venomous consequences (hilariously) destroy not only Jonathan and Barbara Rose but also their home, antiques, pets and family.

Warren Alder pulls us deep into the snowball effect of psychological warfare, leaving this reader wanting to shake sense into the combatants. The tense storyline will keep you cringing as the Roses both refuse to leave the family home, each finding more and more destructive ways force the other out. Now I want to find the 1989 film version to watch. Highly recommended.

Thanks to NetGalley and Stonehouse Press for the advance reader copy.

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I loved this book! The story follows the breakdown of Jonathon and Barbara Rose's marriage and their bitter fight for divorce. The lengths the two go to to win custody of their house and possessions were extreme and hilarious. I felt fully engrossed in the story and loved every second of it!

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A deliciously engrossing darkly comic story of the bitter disintegration of the Rose's marriage and the lengths people will go to for revenge and justice when they feel maligned. I have to watch the film again as i loved the book very much

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