The Garden of Small Beginnings (Paperback)
May 2017 Indie Next List
“Lilian Girvan is a young widow going through the motions: mother of two, newly unemployed, and navigating life's daily aggravations. When she grudgingly signs up for a weekly gardening class, she's surprised to find support, wisdom, and the possibility of a new relationship. Lilian is a funny, sassy everywoman who will make you laugh out loud, cry a little, and cheer as she takes tentative steps toward her own small beginnings of happiness. Abbi Waxman's debut novel will be enjoyed by fans of The School of Essential Ingredients and anyone who believes that happiness can be a choice regardless of what life brings.”
— Cindy Pauldine, The River's End Bookstore, Oswego, NY
As seen in Elle.com, The Washington Post, Woman's World, Flavorwire, HelloGiggles, Bustle, Brit & Co, and more "A quirky, funny, and deeply thoughtful book...We're already dying to know if there will be a sequel."--HelloGiggles "Filled with characters you'll love and wish you lived next door to in real life."--Bustle "So witty, amusing, and perceptive that I can't decide if I liked the writing, the characters, or the story better. They're all so well done."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "Waxman's voice is witty, emotional and often profound."--InStyle.com (UK) Grab life by the roots. 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... READERS GUIDE INCLUDED.
About the Author
Abbi Waxman is a chocolate-loving, dog-loving woman who lives in Los Angeles and lies down as much as possible. She worked in advertising for many years, which is how she learned to write fiction. She has three daughters, three dogs, three cats, and one very patient husband.