|Marriage. Sex. Parenting. Art.
Drugs. Illness. Friendship. Feminism. Laverne Zabielski addresses these
private and public issues head-on in her memoir of a life lived outside
the margins of mainstream culture. She seduces (and sometimes surprises)
her readers with the intensity of her commitment to candid
— Dianne Aprile, author of The Things We Don't Forget: Views from Real Life.
The sensuality and eroticism of Garden Girls filled me like the
succulent juices of a ripe orange. I didn’t feel like I was reading. I
felt like I was sucking in the creative power and wonder of life at its
most intimate moments, without losing sight of the weeds and poison ivy
spreading across the backyard. The Garden Girls touches on
something sacred, on the deepest place of intimacy that dwells in a
woman’s body. Every man and woman, with or without a garden, should
touch and taste this book.
Part desire, part self help, part confession, The Garden Girls
is a glorious exploration of the gardens of all our lives. From the
wisdom of Sage to the sensuality of Fuchsia, this rare book taps the
sacred mystique of what it is to be mother,
daughter, lover, woman.
In the spirit of Virginia Woolf and Tillie Olsen, The Garden Girls
tells the story of one woman's courageous journey toward artistic
flowering. Revealed through the writer's real life journal and the
letters of the garden girls Laverne Zabielski conjures, the book is at
times witty, at times anguishing, at times beguiling. Zabielski's path
is perilous as she wends her way through the break up of a marriage, the
hazards of working class life, the paralysis of a beloved son, and the
thousand censors facing the woman writer and artist with children and
husband and extended community. Ultimately Zabielski triumphs, not
because of her arrival but because of the company she offers herself and
the reader on her journey.