Author Spotlight on: Abbi Waxman

How working in advertising helped me as a novelist | Abbi Waxman – Author Abbi Waxman (THE GARDEN OF SMALL BEGINNINGS) discusses the writing lessons she learned from years working as an ad copywriter.

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In the spirit of A Man Called Ove and Good Grief—a poignant, funny, and utterly believable novel about life and 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…

One Response to Author Spotlight on: Abbi Waxman

  1. deborahkehoe says:

    I read and reviewed this book this week. It was soooo good! Funny and sad at the same time. It was one that had my husband giving me the side eye because my emotions were all over the place!

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