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A Salve that can bring Insight and Comfort
on April 6, 2014
Mr. Owita’s Guide to Gardening by Carol Wall
There are plenty of reviews that will give you a summation of this wonderful book. Without repeating what others have said so well, let it be said that it is a true story which uses gardening as a substantive, as well as symbolic parallel to the lives of two people whose relationship evolves through their desire to beautify a yard. It is the story of physical and emotional struggles with illness, the ability to love in spite of fear and flaws, and a story which ultimately crafts deep lessons about living and loving.
I am not a voracious reader. I read a chapter or two and then the book sits on my bedside table for weeks at a time. Carol Wall wrote a book that invited me in to the first chapter, and then, as though she were laying open a spy novel, she had me questioning and wondering what would happen next. I devoured her book. I could not put it down. When I finished this beautifully told story in the wee hours of the morning with a pile of wasted tissues by my side, I knew I would pick it up and read it again.
Carol Wall’s book is the ONLY book that has ever had that effect on me. Her story is powerful. Her writing is clean and natural. The characters she introduces to us are undeniably human and vulnerable. The story of these characters opens to the reader as though a dear friend were sitting by your side sharing their deepest fears and darkest secrets. Indeed, Carol Wall has become a very dear friend to many readers of this book by revealing her life in such a way. To so many who carry the burdens of secrets, illness, and loss, this story may be a salve that can bring insight and comfort.