The Garden Angel

The Garden Angel

Book - 2004 | First edition
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Baker & Taylor
Working as a waitress and writing obituaries for the local paper, Cutter Johanson goes to extreme lengths to ward off potential buyers from her dilapidated family homestead, while agoraphobic Elizabeth Byers staves off panic attacks and struggles to hold on to her university professor husband. 17,500 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave
Set in a Southern, city-swallowed town, The Garden Angel tells the story of two women and their unlikey friendship. Cutter Johanson is plucky and eccentric, nostalgic about her family's once glorious past. She has her hands full warding off potential buyers from the dilapidated homestead she is determined to keep. Though the neighborhood has changed, even grown shabby, Father Bob's Home for Retarded Men across the street has become a sort of extended family for Cutter. And her two jobs keep her busy: she has the "dead beat" writing obituaries for the Sans Souci Citizen and waits tables at the nearby Pancake Palace. Cutter's home is like another character, elegiac, full of secrets, providing her with a refuge from the modern world outside her neighborhood. That is, until Cutter's sister, Ginnie, pregnant with her married lover's child, brings trouble home.

Elizabeth Byers rarely ventures outside the brick ranch she shares with her husband, Daniel, a professor at Palmetto University. Agoraphobic and stricken with panic attacks, she fills her days gardening and writing her dissertation on Emily Dickinson. But one day, an anonymous call brings disturbing news that propels her into action. Elizabeth summons her courage to leave her house and drive into neighboring San Souci, and the disturbing sad events that follow lead her to forge a friendship with Cutter, a stranger who reaches out to help.

By the closing pages, Cutter is losing her house and Elizabeth is losing her husband. The two women pull together to come up with a solution--and find sanctuary from their troubles.

Two women, both alienated from mainstream society, improbably connect and help to bring each other back to life in a small, down-at-the-heels Southern town in a memorable fiction debut.


Holtzbrinck
Two women, both alienated from mainstream society, improbably connect and help to bring each other back to life in a small, down-at-the-heels Southern town in a memorable fiction debut.


Blackwell North Amer
Cutter Johanson is plucky and eccentric, nostalgic about her family's once-glorious past. In her spare time, she gardens in the family cemetery and knits hair doilies. While writing obits for the local newspaper and waiting tables at the Pancake Palace, she is desperate to ward off potential buyers from her dilapidated ancestral homestead - and goes to extreme and often hilarious lengths to succeed. Though her neighborhood has changed, even grown shabby, the folks at Father Bob's Home for Retarded Men across the street have become a sort of extended family. Cutter's home is like another character, elegiac, full of secrets, providing her with a refuge from the modern world. That is, until Cutter's sister, Ginnie, pregnant with her married lover's child, brings trouble home.
Elizabeth Byers rarely ventures outside the brick ranch she shares with her husband, Daniel, a professor at Palmetto University. Agoraphobic and stricken with panic attacks, she fills her days gardening and writing her dissertation on Emily Dickinson. But one day, an anonymous call brings disturbing news that propels her into action. Elizabeth summons her courage to leave her house and drive into neighboring Sans Souci, and the disturbing, sad events that follow lead her to forge a friendship with Cutter, a stranger who reaches out to help.
Cutter is losing her house, and Elizabeth is losing her husband. Surrounded by offbeat characters, the women pull together to seek sanctuary, only to plunge into a string of misadventures that will irreparably disrupt their lives - and the lives of others. This novel captures life in a down-at-the-heels small town and celebrates the power of friendship.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2004
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780312326746
0312326742
Branch Call Number: FIC Friddle, M 2004
Characteristics: viii, 290 pages ; 22 cm

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