October 6, 2013

The Midnight Dress

cover image of The Midnight Dress
Karen Foxlee

Foxlee's (The Anatomy of Wings, 2009) latest story is set in the Australian countryside in the 1980s. Since her mother's death, Rose Lovell, 15, remains quiet and withdrawn and her father has become an alcoholic and a drifter. When he finally finds a job, Rose is able to enroll in the local high school. Here, she meets the pretty and popular Pearl Kelly who introduces Rose to Edie Baker, a dressmaker and alleged witch. Together, Rose and Edie stitch an unforgettable midnight blue dress for Rose to wear in the Harvest parade. The dress ends up having long-lasting consequences on life in the town and seals the fate of one of the girls.