Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening

  • by Carol Wall
  • Narrated by Cynthia Darlow
  • 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A bestseller in the making, this is the true story of a unique friendship between two people who had nothing - and ultimately everything - in common.
Carol Wall, a white woman living in a lily-white neighborhood in Middle America, was at a crossroads in her life. Her children were grown; she had successfully overcome illness; her beloved parents were getting older. One day she notices a dark-skinned African man tending her neighbor's yard. His name is Giles Owita. He bags groceries at the supermarket. He comes from Kenya. And he's very good at gardening.
Before long Giles is transforming not only Carol's yard, but her life. Though they are seemingly quite different, a caring bond grows between them. But they both hold long-buried secrets that, when revealed, will cement their friendship forever.

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Southern Soap Opera, no Sex

I was hoping for a lot more gardening talk and a lot less sob story. A sheltered woman whose yard is a mess borrows a neighbor's gardener and fails to recognize his intelligence, even though he is an esteemed Ph.D in Horticulture. He is black and from Africa, which effectively denies him a suitable job in the American South, so he is gardening and being wise and amazing this silly woman, who wrote a sappy book about their friendship and their respective illnesses. I'm sorry I bothered with it.
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- joyce "Greedy, voracious reader since age five. After a number of eye injuries & surgeries, reading is hard. So now, I listen."

Sorry, I cannot recommend

Perhaps this book would have been better if I had read it. The reader's slight Southern accent (which was accurate for Roanoke) rubbed me the wrong way. I only finished it because it was a book club selection.
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- Kathryn "alwayslookingforgoodbooks"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-01-2014
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio