Summary Of Garden Of Small Beginnings By Abbi Waxman

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Abbi Waxman is an English author best known for writing contemporary romance novels with a touch of humor. She was born to two copywriters and had her father ran away from home after telling her mother he was going out to buy cigarretes. Her mother would go on to make a highly successful career as a fiction writer despite being left all allone to take care of the children. She encouraged her children Emily and Abbi to read eerything they had in the home library and brought them more from the city library. Abbi who was naturally disinclined to dress up and lazy ventured into advertising where she was a copywriter and the creative director with some of the leading agencies in New York and London. Some of her clients were the traditional and big…show more content…
The lead in the novel is Lilian Girvan a single mother that lost her husband in a car accident leaving her a single mother. It has been a tought time for the young mother as she has dealt with suicidal thoughts and several mental breakdowns. But finally she is getting the hang of being a widow as she is now watching TV, showing up to work on the regular, and taking her two children to school. The only problem is that having lived a life full of intensity, she finds herself so bored with the daily drugery. She finds a little excitement from her work as she can be called upon to illustrate the weirdest of things such as whale genitalia. Her boss had also signed her up for a vegetable gardening class as he needs her to learn about boutique vegetable guides she will be illustrating. But she finds digging around in compost far much preferable to wallowing in self pity and pajamas on a Saturday morning. She manages to get her sister and two girls to join her and shows up at the Los Anfgeles Botanical Gardens to start the assignment. Thrown into a group of quirky gardeners and a patient instriuctor she soon learns that every life deserves a little sunshine to grow, even if you do not want…show more content…
It is a novel about a neighborhood carpool, four families, and an affair that threatens to tear the community apart. Frances Bloom is a carpool mother that often finds hersel the unwiting witness to her neighbors' deepest secrets. She knows that Mrs Horton has gone missing and that her cousin wants a new child but has not yet mustered the courage to tell her husband. After the shock of seeing Anne Porter making love to a man that was definitely not Mr. Porter, Frances resolves to stick to her lane. But that is easier said then done particularly when Mr. Porter throws out his wife barely a week after. The repercussions of the extra marital affair could have eoncsequences for all the families in the neighborhood and Frances needs to navigate a moral minefield that puts a lot of strain on her marriage. It is a heartfel narrative about the mystery, the insecurities, and the dopubts of raising children, life and love and everything else thrown
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