The Garden of Small Beginnings

The Garden of Small Beginnings

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In the spirit of A Man Called Ove and Good Grief--a poignant, funny, and utterly believable novel about life and loss. Give grief a chance . . . Lilian Girvan has been a single mother for three years--ever since her husband died in a car accident. One mental breakdown and some random suicidal thoughts later, she's just starting to get the hang of this widow thing. She can now get her two girls to school, show up to work, and watch TV like a pro. The only problem is she's becoming overwhelmed with being underwhelmed. At least her textbook illustrating job has some perks--like actually being called upon to draw whale genitalia. Oh, and there's that vegetable-gardening class her boss signed her up for. Apparently, being the chosen illustrator for a series of boutique vegetable guides means getting your hands dirty, literally. Wallowing around in compost on a Saturday morning can't be much worse than wallowing around in pajamas and self-pity. After recruiting her kids and insanely supportive sister to join her, Lilian shows up at the Los Angeles botanical garden feeling out of her element. But what she'll soon discover--with the help of a patient instructor and a quirky group of gardeners--is that into every life a little sun must shine, whether you want it to or not... READERS GUIDE INCLUDED
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Product details

  • Hardback | 489 pages
  • 145 x 218 x 25mm | 567g
  • United States
  • English
  • Large type / large print
  • Large type / large print edition
  • 1432842307
  • 9781432842307

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Brilliant. Simply brilliant. The Garden of Small Beginnings is funny, poignant, and startling in its emotional intensity and in its ability to make the reader laugh and cry on the same page . . . I loved this book! Karen White, New York Times bestselling author
This is my favorite kind of book hilarious, sad, joyful. Beautifully written. Fun. I dare you not to enjoy it. Julia Claiborne Johnson, author of Be Frank With Me

What a treat!! Abbi Waxman is one of the wittiest voices in the world today. The Garden of Small Beginnings is a beautiful book full of humor, heart, and deep insight. An intimate and hilarious journey about a young mom moving on from grief. Reading it gave me the feeling I was talking to a really funny, open mom-friend sharing secrets about life, love, loss, and gardening! Abbi Waxman s quick wit and heart shine brightly throughout this debut novel. I just loved it! Molly Shannon

"Funny and poignant. Guaranteed to make you laugh and cry. May make you want to play in dirt and grow a new life of your own." Wendy Wax, USA Today bestselling author of One Good Thing"
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About Abbi Waxman

Abbi Waxman is a chocolate-loving, dog-loving woman who lives in Los Angeles and lies down as much as possible. She worked in advertising for many years, which is how she learned to write fiction. She has three daughters, three dogs, three cats, and one very patient husband.
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5,568 ratings
3.94 out of 5 stars
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4 43% (2,396)
3 22% (1,229)
2 5% (262)
1 1% (54)
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