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"The view from the attic bathroom always broke my heart a little, for it told the story of my family's own fall: our lost property and standing, our dwindling." So begins the story of Cutter Johanson, one of contemporary literature's most quirky and endearing heroines, and who, at 25 years old, is trying to hang on to a life she never really knew.
Descendants of southerner Henry Haynes Harris, the founder of the now defunct Sans Souci Mill, Cutter's family once lived on a grand estate. Now reduced to a dilapidated house and an overgrown family plot, the forlorn remains of the Harris homestead have been left to Cutter and her two siblings, who plan to cash out. But Cutter, unhappy with their decision, decides to sabotage the sale with the aid of two very unlikely assistants.
The glory of a past that may never be reclaimed is the theme of this unique and satisfying novel. This theme is invoked in the clothes Cutter rescues from her grandmother's old closet, in the chipped crystal and dishes she hides from her siblings, and in the "garden angel" that lies broken in the graveyard. At times wonderfully comic and sad enough to provoke tears, The Garden Angel is an addictive read, and an enthralling story filled with both loss and hope. (Fall 2004 Selection)