"Cariou is a deft emotional cartographer...Sixtyfive Roses is a love letter, a thank-you note, a defense, a plea, a setting straight, a reaching out." -The Globe and Mail
"Cariou's strength is palpable and impressive. In a beautifully rendered opening chapter she remembers her sister’s wish that their story be told. … [A] finely felt memoir" -London Free Press
"I couldn’t put it down. The tale of these two sisters, how they laughed, cried and LIVED, is completely enthralling" -Angela Lansbury
"This narrative is splendid! Deeply moving and beautifully written!" - DM Thomas, author of The White Hotel
Sixtyfive Roses is a beautifully written memoir retracing the author's relationship with her sister Pam, who died at the age of twenty-six from cystic fibrosis. At the age of four, Pam had been given only months to live. “Sixty-five roses" is the way she pronounced the disease that altered the lives of her entire family, who in turn helped alter the community's response to the disease. Pam’s parents founded an organization for the parents of cystic fibrosis sufferers, which became the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Cystic Fibrosis associations are now international, and the worldwide membership is substantial.
Rich in detail, loving, funny, and profoundly moving, Sixtyfive Roses illuminates what we all must come to understand about the nature of life and death.
McArthur & Co, Canada, 2006
McArthur & Co, US, January 2008
Globe and Mail 100 Best Books of 2006
Chapters Indigo Online Bestseller
Chapters Indigo Online Readers Choice
McNally Robinson Bestseller, Winnipeg
Book of the Year 2007, Memoir, at Booksandauthors.net
Target stores Recommended Read March 2008
placed first in the category of Biography/Autobiography at the 2009 Nashville Book Festival
"Should one miss this journey of love? Not at all. This memoir is told with complete honesty and with a soft conscience. Get ready to be inspired."
-The National Association of Baby Boomer Women (USA)
“Exceedingly candid. . . . Anyone who has been part of a family in which serious disease has intruded will identify with Cariou’s account of the emotional strain under which they all lived.” -Winnipeg Free Press
“In Sixtyfive Roses, Cariou . . . demonstrates a startling candour in her account not only of her sister’s suffering, but of her own adolescent insufferableness. The book – and her life – is filled with petty temper tantrums and attempts to wrest attention from her sister. While these passages paint the author in a far from flattering light, they underscore the overall honesty of the work, which deals frankly with the physical and emotional rollercoaster of living with, alongside, terminal illness. . . . Sixtyfive Roses is compelling, candid, and heartbreaking.” -Quill & Quire
“As one who has researched the long-term impact of serious illness and death of a sibling for two decades . . . I have heard many tales of survival and courage but never in such profound and moving detail.”
-Joanna Fanos, Director,
Sibling Center, California Pacific Medical Center
“A remarkable testament to the depths of a sister’s love.”
-Don Meyer, editor of The Sibling Slam Book
Heather Cariou is a founding member of the Center for Actor’s Study in Toronto, as well as the daughter of the founders of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and has been involved in fund-raising and promotion for over forty years. She is also founding member of the Galaxy Writers Workshop in New Jersey, and sits on the Board of the International Women’s Writing Guild.
Heather Cariou was born and raised in Ontario, but now lives between both New York and Los Angeles, where she is married to Broadway actor Len Cariou.