Abbi Waxman

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The Garden of Small Beginnings

book | Fiction | Apr 2017
US → Berkley (Ed. Kate Seaver)
UK → Little, Brown Book Group (UK) (Ed. Lucy Malagoni)

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.

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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Bulgarian
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Obsidian Publishing House
Czech
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Albatros
French
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Editions Belfond
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Rowohlt Verlag
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Portuguese
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Ediciones Urano
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Printz Publishing
Reviews

Brilliant. Simply brilliant. The Garden of Small Beginnings is funny, poignant, and startling in its emotional intensity and in its ability to make the reader laugh and cry on the same page. Quirky yet very real characters sparkle on every page. I loved this book!

New York Times bestselling author Karen White

What a treat!! Abbi Waxman is one of the wittiest voices in the world today. The Garden of Small Beginnings is a beautiful book full of humour, heart and deep insight, an intimate and hilarious journey about a young mom moving on from grief. Reading it gave me the feeling I was talking to a really funny, open mom- friend sharing secrets about life, love, loss and gardening! Abbi Waxman’s quick wit and heart shine brightly throughout this debut novel. I just loved it!”

Molly Shannon

This is my favourite kind of book —hilarious, sad, joyful. Beautifully written. Fun. I dare you not to enjoy it.

Julia Johnson, author of Be Frank With Me

Waxman manages to wring many funny and poignant moments from a sober situation.

The Augusta Chronicle

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