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The Garden of Reading by Michele B. Slung

The Garden of Reading

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The Garden of Reading by Michele B. Slung

With selections grown from the fertile imaginations of the twentieth century's most remarkable authors, editor and writer Michele Slung has assembled an evocative anthology of short stories about gardens and all that grow in them. The gardeners here are young and old, male and female, and the gardens themselves are a delightful mix of the formal and the wild. The twenty-four stories told in The Garden of Reading comprise a diverse and unexpected collection, but one that stays true to its theme. Included are Colette's sensuous 'Grape Harvest,' David Guterson's poignant 'The Flower Garden,' J.G. Ballard's otherworldy 'The Garden of Time,' and Stephen King's sinister 'The Lawnmower Man' - as well as classics from Saki and Robert Graves. If you've ever nurtured a flower, a tomato plant, or a gleam of imagination, then there's something in The Garden of Reading that is sure to delight.


'Where else but in a garden could one find a tender rose flourishing next to a tough cactus, a rustic arbour framing a delicate vine? Slung acknowledges such satisfying serendipity in her equally enchanting anthology of garden-related short fiction, a lush compilation of stories that celebrates the garden's role in inspiring love, fuelling desire, soothing pain, and assuaging grief. Slung winsomely celebrates the creative muses of gardeners and writers alike'
The Booklist, Carol Haggas

About the Author

Michele Slung is an editor and reviewer whose books include Momilies: As My Mother Used to Say and the anthologies Crime on Her Mind: Fifteen Stories of Female Sleuths from the Victorian Era to the Forties, Murder & Other Acts of Literature, and Slow Hand: Women Writing Erotica. She divides her time between New York City and Woodstock, New York.

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Publication date

1st May 2012


Michele B. Slung

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Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd an imprint of Duckworth Overlook


272 pages


Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Short stories



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