The Greenhouse

The Greenhouse

Book - 2011
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Young Lobbi was preparing to leave his childhood home, his autistic brother, his octogenarian father, and the familiar landscape of mossy lava fields for an unknown future. Soon before his departure, he received an awful phone call: his mother was in a car accident. She used her dying words to offer calm advice to her son, urging him to continue their shared work in the greenhouse tending to the rare Rosa candida. Prior to his mother's death, in that very same greenhouse, Lobbi made love to Anna, a friend of a friend, and just as he readies his departure he learns that in their brief night together they conceived a child. He is still reeling from this chain of events when he arrives at his new job, reinstating the rare eight-petaled rose in the majestic forgotten garden of an ancient European monastery. In focusing his energy cultivating the rarest rose, he also learns to cultivate love, with the help of a film buff monk and his newborn daughter, Flora Sol.
Publisher: Las Vegas : AmazonCrossing, 2011.
ISBN: 9781611090796
Branch Call Number: AUD
Characteristics: 262 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Auður A. Ólafsdóttir 1958- Afleggjarinn.


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Oct 16, 2014

Lobbi's move from Iceland to a charming, remote monastery in the mountains of an unnamed European country becomes a journey of self-discovery when the estranged mother of his child appears with his daughter. He gradually finds a suitable rhythm to his life, tending the monastery's famed rose garden and tenuously exploring his new relationships. This is a perfect read for Seattle's Fall weather, with a mixture of introspection, cozy pleasures, and a hint of ennui.

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