READER AND REVIEWER FAVORITE: Lively’s profile is as strong as ever. For her recent story collection, The Purple Swamp Hen and Other Stories, she was profiled by Chip McGrath for the cover of the New York Times Book Review and interviewed on NPR’s Weekend Edition, in addition to receiving her customary widespread review coverage.
HARDCOVER PUBLICATION: Viking published the hardcover in June and it received media attention and reviews from The Wall Street Journal, BookPage, and Parade among others.
ELEGANT ILLUSTRATIONS: Black-and-white line art throughout will bring the spirit of the garden alive on the page.
Praise for Life in the Garden:
“You need not be a devoted gardener to enjoy this slim, lovely volume from the consistently superb Penelope Lively…Lively has been a voracious gardener her entire adult life, and it shows in her nearly encyclopedic knowledge of gardening…Lively’s trademark British wit makes several delightfully acidic appearances, but Life in the Garden is also at times almost unbearably poignant, coming as late as it does in the life of the wonderfully prolific author.”—BookPage
“The book falls together beautifully, organically and carefully, like the English gardens Lively loves…She particularly shines in her chapter about the garden, time, and order.”—The Christian Science Monitor
“Many writers have a special relationship to gardens, a link the British author and Booker Prize winner Penelope Lively harvests beautifully and honestly in an elegant memoir.”—Garden & Gun
Praise for Penelope Lively:
“One of our most talented writers.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Lively writes with an astringent blend of sympathy and detachment, emotional wisdom and satiric wit.” —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
“In her own late seventies now, with a legion of regular readers and newcomers with every book, Lively continues to surprise and illuminate, writing to ever more dazzling effect.” —The Boston Globe
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