MISTER OWITA'S GUIDE TO GARDENING by Carol Wall
Publisher Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, March 4, 2014
A true story of a unique friendship between two people who had
nothing—and ultimately everything—in common.
Carol Wall, a white woman living in a lily-white neighborhood in Middle
America, was at a crossroads in her life. Her children were grown; she had
successfully overcome illness; her beloved parents were getting older. One
day she notices a dark-skinned African man tending her neighbor’s yard. His
name is Giles Owita. He bags groceries at the supermarket. He comes from
Kenya. And he’s very good at gardening.
Before long, Giles is transforming not only Carol’s yard, but also her life.
Though they are seemingly quite different, a caring bond begins to grow
between them. But they both hold long-buried secrets that, when revealed,
will cement their friendship forever.
“Carol Wall’s disarming memoir Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening is a
poignant tale of an unlikely teacher and a doubting student, who, by
bringing a neglected patch of ground back to life, reveal the secrets of
reclaiming, restoring, and freeing a wounded soul. It is a generous story
filled with grace enough to bring healing to the reader as well. An engaging
personal and spiritual journey into life’s essential questions.”
-- Jonathan Odell, author of The Healing
"This memoir touches upon everything that is important in life. Not only
is it beautifully written-I am also in awe of Carol Wall's raw honesty and
-- Kathleen Grissom, New York Times-bestselling author of The