The Garden of Small Beginnings (Paperback)

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The Garden of Small Beginnings

By Abbi Waxman Release date May 2 2017 5 Stars


Great read! Highly recommend. A good beach read that leaves you feeling good about life going on when we face tragedy. With great but quirky characters, and lots of laugh out loud moments. Amazing what digging in the dirt can do for you when life throws you curves.


— From Staff Picks- Della


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"A quirky, funny, and deeply thoughtful book...We're already dying to know if there will be a sequel."--HelloGiggles

"Filled with characters you'll love and wish you lived next door to in real life."--Bustle

"So witty, amusing, and perceptive that I can't decide if I liked the writing, the characters, or the story better. They're all so well done."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Waxman's voice is witty, emotional and often profound." (UK)

Grab life by the roots.

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...


About the Author

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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780399583582
ISBN-10: 0399583580
Publisher: Berkley Books
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2017
Pages: 368
Language: English