The Garden of Small Beginnings

  • by Abbi Waxman
  • Narrated by Emily Rankin
  • 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's 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 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....


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Customer Reviews

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Absolutely Wonderful

I loved this book. It's the story of a widow with small children and her life as she navigates widowhood. It's witty and sarcastic at times, but you also know that she had one of those rare and great loves. She can't ever find that again. Or can she? It's also the story of all of the people in a gardening class she takes and how they all no matter how different they all are, become important to not only her, but all of them to each other. Friendships, family, and the distinct possibility of a new love, made this a listen that I highly recommend to readers ages 16 plus. Any and all readers, as the story is just that good!
Narration: 5 stars. Just perfect in every way. Can't imagine anyone doing a better job!
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- Lorna

Beautiful Story

Truly a beautiful and meaningful story. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and the narrator's sense of humor, even when discussing some of the darker tragedies of her story, was inspiring and enjoyable. I laughed. I cried. I didn't want it to end.
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- E Marie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-02-2017
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio