There are Fairies at the Bottom of the Garden

There are Fairies at the Bottom of the Garden

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In this bittersweet memoir that is equal parts funny and whimsical, we meet a family torn apart by cancer and drug addiction. There Are Fairies at the Bottom of Our Garden is named after a poem written by Judi Evans. Judi is known for her infectious laugh, sense of humor, and love of the natural world as written about in the journal entries and poetry that fill this book.

Judi's daughters, Erin and Hayley, fill in the rest of the story, offering a tender take on their father, Mike Evans, who dovetails into the family drama as the ultimate tragic hero. Ever the intrepid adventurer and star crossed with his ex-wife, Judi, the couple is brought back to life through entries that cover everything from simple pleasures, like walking the dog, to Mike officiating his daughter's wedding. Mike and Judi's story leaves us gasping for air, and so will their grown children's strive toward stability and sobriety. Hayley has a heroin addiction that frequently finds her homeless or in jail. Will she recover? Erin, the older sister, is the caregiver, managing a family in tatters, but finding deep and meaningful love along the way. Will she and her new husband be patient enough to see it all through? In back and forth journal entries penned by Judi and her daughters, we read about their journey, and it's a romp through a garden of laughter and tears.

Though, we know Judi has terminal cancer at the start of the book, the way she faces it down - with a gentle humor and appreciation of each moment as a gift - makes this book the opposite of a long and looming goodbye.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 372 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 21mm | 544g
  • Titles Supplied by John Wiley & Sons Australia
  • Milton, QLD, Australia
  • English
  • 0999902679
  • 9780999902677

Review quote

"As someone who also lost a parent to cancer, this book is a wonderful tool to gift anyone who may be going through their own cancer journey. No matter what that looks like, Erin, Haley & Judi each give us the light we desperately seek at the end of this dark tunnel- the reminder that you are not alone."

- Lafe Jordan

"Working with Erin on this book was such a joy. As a chronically ill person and disability advocate, I work on nonfiction books that touch on a variety of topics. I always flinch when things feel artificial and pull back from the raw, gritty, and painful parts. This work left me laughing and crying. I can't say enough for how authentic it felt. From addiction to grief, I love how Erin wasn't afraid to write the truth. This book doesn't pull any punches."

- Jenna B. Neece

"Fairies" is a hauntingly beautiful account of family, life, loss, and love. The framily (friends-family) that one develops in life beyond the bloodline, are on standby, without judgement, extending love and support. This reiterates that the invisible clock of 'coping' takes on many different forms. Cancer is a non-discriminatory adversary, that can strike anyone, anytime. Judi's strength is phenomenal. Mother, creative writer, amazing friend to so many, her journey reminds us life is to be lived with joy and not overtaken by fear."

- Martha Wallace, author of A Sampling of Life, One Taste at a Time
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About Erin Evans

Erin was born and raised in Utah. She left the comforts of home to chase her dreams in the big city of New York, where she received a degree in fashion merchandising from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Encouraged by friends to write about how she coped with the most traumatic time of her life, she penned her family's memoirs as a salve for others who are simultaneously battling a terminal illness and addiction. While working as a director at a prestige art gallery in Park City, Erin also produced and hosted several segments for a local television station. She covered the highly publicized Women's March in Park City and interviewed Jane Fonda, Jim Parsons, Priyanka Chopra Jonas as well as several other celebrities during the Sundance Film Festival. You can usually find Erin enjoying nature or traveling with her husband, Mike and their rescue dog, Bella.
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