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by Carol Wall

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A quick read that is sort of a memior. A woman befriends a neighborhood gardener and the book follows their friendship. ( )
  micahmom2002 | Jan 25, 2016 |
A quick read that is sort of a memior. A woman befriends a neighborhood gardener and the book follows their friendship. ( )
  micahmom2002 | Jan 25, 2016 |
I didn't finish this book. It was too painful. A mix of Home Gardener and philosophical insights. The style made me feel sick. Sentences like "And she let the apple roll off her fingertips back onto the shelf" describes that she didn't want to buy the fucking apple and put it back when she was shopping. It made me want to throw up. ( )
  PeterNZ | May 11, 2015 |
This was a very nice memoir about a very close friendship which brought meaning, joy, renewal and comfort to the author and Mister Owita. A moving story of loss, fear, and isolation ameliorated via true friendship. ( )
  hemlokgang | Mar 4, 2015 |
I thought this book would be more about gardening, so that was disappointing. It's a memoir about Carol Wall's struggle with breast cancer and how Mr. Owita, a Kenyan gardener, affected her life. I liked Mr. Owita, but did not care for Carol Wall particularly. Odd, stilted language from Ms. Wall; lyrical, interesting dialogue from Mr. Owita. It was just kind of weird. ( )
  flourgirl49 | Feb 5, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0399157980, Hardcover)

A 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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Describes how a period of transition in the journalist author's life marked by her empty nest, a recent illness and her aging parents led her to forge a deep friendship with a gifted Kenyan gardener with whom she transformed her yard and shared long-buried secrets.… (more)

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