Fleischman’s touching novel about an abandoned inner-city lot transformed into a community garden is composed of 13 interwoven stories. A Vietnamese immigrant schoolgirl describes how she sets out to grow lima beans in memory of her dead father. Barbara Rosenblat reads the narrative of an elderly Romanian woman who witnesses Kim planting the seeds and assumes a crime is being committed. One by one, strangers in the neighborhood overcome their prejudices and join in the gardening--the school custodian from Kentucky, the Guatemalan teenager taught by his uncle to plant vegetables from the old country, the muscle-bound African- American planting tomatoes to prove his love for his girlfriend, the British nurse helping her elderly patient find a new lease on life. Many of the performers are nonprofessionals, and don’t try to be otherwise. But the sincerity and integrity of this project bear this garden delicious fruit. S.E.S. © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine [Published: APR/MAY 03]
Library Ed. Audio Bookshelf 2003
CS ISBN $18.95 One cassettes
CD ISBN $24.95 Two CDs
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