Wednesday, May 3rd at 7:00 p.m.
We are ecstatic to host the fabulous Abbi Waxman for the launch of her debut novel. We love Abbi, and we love her novel. Absolutely not to be missed!!
First time novelist Abbi Waxman’s witty novel about a young widow, The Garden Of Small Beginnings actually grew out of her imagining her own husband dead, but not in a bad way. Hailed for its humor, and spot-on characterizations and dialogue, her much praised new novel looks to be a glowing and funny read with which to usher in the summer early. Come plant your toes in the season of delicious reads with Abbi Waxman’s launch. Reading, talk, followed by signing.
It’s been more than three years since my husband died, yet in many ways he’s more useful than ever. True, he’s not around to take out the trash, but he’s great to bitch at while I’m doing it myself, and he’s generally excellent company, invisibility notwithstanding. And as someone to blame he’s unparalleled, because he isn’t there to contradict me, on account of being cremated. These opening lines from The Garden of Small Beginnings came to novelist Abbi Waxman several years ago as she fantasized about her husband’s death. Not that he had done anything terribly wrong (just a small infraction). But as she indulged her daydreaming, a question took root. What would it really be like to untangle two lives so intertwined? And from that question bloomed a debut novel funny, penetrating, and profound—about, of all things, a widow. Three years after her husband’s death, Lilian has checked off the requisite mental breakdown, and grown used to navigating life (granted, not always well) as a single mother and widow. Until she is assigned to illustrate a series of boutique vegetable guides, and her boss signs her up for a gardening class. Now she must get her hands dirty.
“It is Waxman’s skill at characterization that lifts this novel far above being just another “widow finds love” story. Clearly an observer, Waxman has mastered the fine art of dialogue as well. Characters ring true right down to Lilian’s two daughters, who often steal the show. This debut begs for an encore from Waxman.”—Kirkus Reviews, STARRED review
Born in England, Abbi Waxman has worked as a copywriter and then a creative director at various advertising agencies in London and New York, including Ogilvy and Mather, Y&R, Grey, and Wunderman. She now writes books, TV shows, and screenplays of her own.