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The Garden of Small Beginnings

(2017)
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"A quirky, funny, and deeply thoughtful book"* that's "filled with characters you'll love and wish you lived next door to in real life"** from the author of The Bookish Life of Nina Hill.

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

*HelloGiggles
**Bustle

Genre: General Fiction

Praise for this book

"Brilliant...Quirky yet very real characters sparkle on every page." - Karen White


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July 2018 : UK Hardback

Title: The Garden Of Small Beginnings
Author(s): Abbi Waxman
ISBN: 1-4448-3745-1 / 978-1-4448-3745-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Charnwood
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September 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Garden of Small Beginnings (Thorndike Press Large Print Women's Fiction)
Author(s): Abbi Waxman
ISBN: 1-4328-4230-7 / 978-1-4328-4230-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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May 2017 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Garden Of Small Beginnings (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Author(s): Abbi Waxman
ISBN: 0-606-40040-0 / 978-0-606-40040-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books
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February 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Garden of Small Beginnings: A gloriously funny and heart-warming springtime read
Author(s): Abbi Waxman
ISBN: 0-7515-6486-9 / 978-0-7515-6486-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sphere
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May 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Garden of Small Beginnings
Author(s): Abbi Waxman
ISBN: 0-399-58358-0 / 978-0-399-58358-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley
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May 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Garden of Small Beginnings
Author(s): Abbi Waxman
ISBN: 0-7515-6485-0 / 978-0-7515-6485-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: DO NOT USE
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September 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Garden of Small Beginnings
Author(s): Abbi Waxman
Publisher: Whole Story QUEST
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September 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Garden of Small Beginnings
Author(s): Abbi Waxman
Publisher: Whole Story QUEST
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September 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Garden of Small Beginnings
Author(s): Abbi Waxman
Publisher: Whole Story QUEST
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May 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Garden of Small Beginnings
Author(s): Abbi Waxman
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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May 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Garden of Small Beginnings
Author(s): Abbi Waxman
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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May 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Garden of Small Beginnings
Author(s): Abbi Waxman
Publisher: Berkley
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May 2017 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Garden of Small Beginnings: A gloriously funny and heart-warming springtime read
Author(s): Abbi Waxman
Publisher: Sphere
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU