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The garden of small beginnings, Abbi Waxman

Label
The garden of small beginnings
Title
The garden of small beginnings
Statement of responsibility
Abbi Waxman
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Not since Good Grief has a book about a young widow been so poignant, funny, original, and utterly believable. A compelling debut novel about 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 pyjamas 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
  • "Young widow Lilian Girvan can't see the garden for the weeds ... It's been three years since her husband was killed in a car accident and Lilian is still getting used to being sane -- after that one early breakdown. She's happy just being able to get her two girls to school every morning, keep her illustrating job, and catch up on her favourite TV shows with her sister. She's not exactly in a rut; she's just letting the grass grow under her feet. But then Lilian's boss asks her to illustrate a vegetable encyclopaedia and signs her up for a vegetable-gardening class. Lilian reluctantly agrees and recruits her kids and sister to join her for some drama-free Saturday mornings, because what could be more relaxing than gardening? Nothing ... except that this class is filled with people who like to dig a little deeper than the surface, and an instructor who makes Lillian want to bloom for the first time in years. With her fellow newbie gardeners, Lilian learns what it takes to nurture plants -- and friendships. Digging in the dirt, with worms and all, teaches Lilian that sometimes you have to let nature take its course, be it in gardening, in life, or in love.."--
Summary
Rendered a single mom after her husband's fatal car accident, textbook illustrator Lillian recruits her young daughters and supportive sister to help her do research for a boutique vegetable guide at the Los Angeles Botanical Garden, where a patient instructor and quirky gardeners help her grieve and find healing
Theme
Tone
Writing style
Character
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10556721
Cataloging source
NKOG
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Waxman, Abbi
Dewey number
813.6
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Friendship
  • Self-realization in women
  • Widows
  • Women illustrators
  • Single mothers
  • Gardeners
  • Los Angeles (Calif.)
Target audience
adult
Label
The garden of small beginnings, Abbi Waxman
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • Includes a readers guide
  • Published in the United States in 2017 by Berkley, a division of Penguin Random House LLC
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000059929567
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
352 pages
Isbn
9780751564853
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)962005990
Label
The garden of small beginnings, Abbi Waxman
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • Includes a readers guide
  • Published in the United States in 2017 by Berkley, a division of Penguin Random House LLC
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000059929567
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
352 pages
Isbn
9780751564853
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)962005990

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