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  • Paperback Edition
    • 978-1-03-918998-0
    • 5.5 x 8.5 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 348 pages
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    • 348 pages
  • Keywords
    • Alzheimer’s,
    • Literary fiction,
    • Garden writing,
    • Marriage story,
    • Spouse with Alzheimer’s,
    • Dementia,
    • Women’s fiction

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A Garden of Her Own
by Kate Phelps

Amy James is a good wife and a good gardener. Married to renowned architect Graham James and employed as a part-time garden columnist, Amy has almost enough to keep her happy. Engaged in researching a new book—a collection of essays about women who garden—she unearths a long-lost desire for independence, fresh relationships and a surprising ambition. When her husband reveals his Alzheimer’s diagnosis, insisting she keep it a secret, their life together is upended. Torn between Graham’s needs and the demanding schedule set by her agent, Amy tries to please everyone. As tension builds along the fault lines of a long and unexamined marriage, Amy struggles to prioritize her own happiness, on a journey that ultimately threatens her family, her career, and her emerging sense of self. Urgent, lyrical, and intelligent, A Garden of Her Own is a startlingly intimate portrait of a marriage, of a woman in a marriage, and a moving exploration of life’s largest commitments.

Phelps writes with elegance and beauty about the natural world and the complications of human relationships. This transporting novel offers a challenging answer to its compelling question: how do you keep your identity when the man losing his own demands that you hold onto him? Henriette Lazaridis, best-selling author of The Clover House, Terra Nova, and the forthcoming Last Days in Plaka

Kate Phelps was born and raised in New England. A graduate of Brown University (where she was awarded an Arnold Fellowship to study political theatre abroad), her first writing was for the stage. She became a playwright in England where she lived for fifteen years, producing six plays on the fringe and repertory theatre. After returning to the States, she earned a Master’s in Dispute Resolution from UMASS Boston, and began a dual career in human resources and professional mediation, later becoming a part-time writing tutor at Roxbury Community College. A lifelong writer and gardener, Kate lives with her husband in Roxbury, Massachusetts.


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