February 9, 2014

Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening

cover image of Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening
How I Learned the Unexpected Joy of a Green Thumb and an Open Heart
Carol Wall

Wall, a well-to-do white woman living in a middle-class neighborhood, was at a crossroads in her life. An empty nest, a recent illness, and caring for her aging parents made her outlook less than sunny. But one day, she noticed a African man tending her neighbor’s yard. His name was Giles Owita, an immigrant from Kenya who also bagged groceries at the local supermarket. Before long, quiet and unassuming Mr. Owita was transforming not only Carol’s garden, but her life as well. Wall’s anticipated debut is a tender memoir about an unexpected friendship.