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Leota's Garden Paperback – March 1, 2013
"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Learn more
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Leota is a lonely old widow, rejected by the children she gave birth to but had to hand over to her mother-in-law to raise so she could work. The war (World War II) wrought horrors not only on the battle fronts but also in the homes. Leota's only refuge was the garden she put into the back yard of their home. There, she met with the Lord while she raised enough for the family, enough to sell some of it, and enough to share with the neighbors.
Now the neighborhood has gone to seed. Windows are barred. People watch each other with suspicion. No one tends her garden for Leota, and she is unable to anymore. Nothing to share. Nothing to sell. Living on Social Security. She calls a phone number shown on TV to request some volunteer help. A young man, Corban, answers the need--however reluctantly. His professor insisted he include a case study in his thesis on how to handle the poor and aging population. This cranky old lady is it.
And Leota's granddaughter, tired of her mother's authoritarian rule over her life, slips the bounds of the contentious home and begins an acquaintance with the grandmother she's only barely spoken a shy hello to in the past.
And so it begins. I can't recommend this book too highly. I wish I could give it ten stars.
Then I began to see myself in Leota, who has seen the world and her own neighborhood and life change in ways she really doesn't understand. It's not that she's intolerant or mean-spirited. She's just too tired and old to try to figure it all out. I loved the part where she began calling the neighborhood children by names she made up for them because she couldn't wrap her brain around their given names. LOL! I understand.
And she's alone, wondering why the Lord hasn't called her home yet.
I understand the pain of being misunderstood, of having your every action vilified and misconstrued to be viewed in the worst possible light. I understand how a child's perception of an incident can be so far from the truth.
I understand how the desire to know who your family is can spur you into doing things outside of your comfort zone.
And I understand how God can use every bit of that to bring joy and purpose and meaning, even into painful situations.
I don't want to give the ending away, but I didn't see it coming. I was shocked at what happens with Leota.
In conclusion, this is a great book. I agree that some of the plot lines are left at dead ends, but really, there are two ways to tie up those loose ends, and either way would have been trite and predictable.
I finished this book a week ago and still find myself thinking of Leota.