HARROWED: LIFE LESSONS FROM THE GARDEN

IT IS HERE. My newest book.

the back cover copy.

“This is the story of the garden: my first, and perhaps my last.

I started it at the age of 64. I’m 68 now.

The garden brings me satisfaction, beauty, astonishment, joy.

The garden also requires an inordinate amount of worry and work.

When I started out, I thought simply to put my creative energy into arranging a bunch of plants. I didn’t know the garden would overtake my life.

I didn’t know the garden would help teach me how to order my day, pray, let go, love my neighbor, die.”

Cover and interior by the great Rowan Moore-Seifred of doublemranch.com.

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AVAIL IN PAPERBACK AND KINDLE.
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4 Replies to “HARROWED: LIFE LESSONS FROM THE GARDEN”

  1. I, for one among many, have been waiting for this. And am already immersed. Rich and calming.
    So grateful !

  2. Your book is timely. I’ve been contemplating starting a garden in my own yard. Being 68 myself and the weather being even more unpredictable here in Maine, you may have been the deciding factor. I look forward to reading your latest book as I have all your previous writings. Thanks.

  3. A favored author on a favored subject. Oh how I’d love to spend a day weeding with such a thought provoking gardner. This too-short-I’m–not-ready-to-let-go book is BRIMMING with intellectual and spiritual insights as always. Thanks again Heather. I didn’t put the book down until I finished.

  4. HEATHER KING says: Reply

    Thanks, all, I’m forever grateful for your support…This was the strangest effort. Almost as soon as I started the garden, I thought, I have GOT to write a book about this…But then the garden kept unfolding, and I kept getting pruned. So the main problem became How should the book end? For a while I thought, I will move! Then I realized that what happens in my exterior life is not even the point. It’s really a book about a kind of death, about prayer, surrender, acceptance, gratitude.

    I also ended up taking out tons of passages of complaining and kvetching, but even that was good, as I would come back to the ms. after a few months and realize, “My God, what a whiner! How unbecoming”…and then I’d realize Oh-this is part of what the garden is teaching me. Et cetera.

    Anyway, the garden has survived another blistering Pasadena summer, smoke from the wildfires, and COVID–in a few weeks, it’ll be time for the fall planting. And to have released HARROWED to the world at last is a joy.

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