The Wonder Garden

The Wonder Garden

Book - 2015 | First edition.
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John likes to arrive first. He enjoys standing quietly with a house before his clients arrive, and today, although he feels pinned beneath an invisible weight, he resolves to savor this solitary moment. It's one of those overhauled ranches so common to Old Cranbury these days, swollen and dressed to resemble a colonial. White, of course, with ornamental shutters and latches pretending to hold them open. A close echo of its renovated sisters on Whistle Hill Road, garnished with hostas and glitzed with azaleas. He has seen too many of these to count...

A man strikes an under-the-table deal with a surgeon to spend a few quiet seconds closer to his wife than he's ever been; a young soon-to-be mother looks on in paralyzing astonishment as her husband walks away from a twenty-year career in advertising at the urging of his spirit animal; an elderly artist risks more than he knows when he's commissioned by his newly-arrived neighbors to produce the work of a lifetime.

In her stunning debut collection, The Wonder Garden , Lauren Acampora brings to the page with enchanting realism the myriad lives of a suburban town and lays them bare. These linked stories take a trenchant look at the flawed people of Old Cranbury, incisive tales that reveal at each turn the unseen battles we play out behind drawn blinds, the creeping truths from which we distract ourselves, and the massive dreams we haul quietly with us and hold close.

Deliciously creepy and masterfully complex The Wonder Garden heralds the arrival of a phenomenal new talent in American fiction.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780802123558
0802123554
Branch Call Number: ACA
Characteristics: 354 pages ;,22 cm

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Aug 01, 2016

Ditto Jannylegs, four stars. I really enjoyed reading this.

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jannylegs
Jul 12, 2016

Outstanding collection of dark and imaginative stories that take a serious poke at life in the 'burbs.

Cynthia_N Jan 20, 2016

Interesting glimpse into a unique community!

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