In The Garden Room

In The Garden Room

by Tanya Eby


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ISBN-13: 9780986013386
Publisher: Blunder Woman Productions
Publication date: 07/18/2016
Pages: 250
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

Tanya Eby is a novelist and narrator and lives in Michigan with her tiki-obsessed husband and two quirky kiddos. Find out more about her work and her life by visiting her blog,

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In The Garden Room 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
It is 1910 and we meet Cora and Lillian. Cora is Lillian’s mother and married to John. John is a fisherman and Cora has issues with having to work as a servant when she feels she is entitled to the rich world. Not happy with hoe her life has turned out, Cora is sweet talked by new comer Zeke into running away with him to Chicago. But when Cora and Lillian get to Chicago it is not the wonderland Cora was lead to believe. It is dirty and rough and Lillian ends up working in a meat packing plant just to make some money that Cora and her can live on since Cora is not about to do anything to help their situation. It doesn’t help that Cora clearly has mental problems and they are not being addresses. Finally at wits end, Cora sells Lillian to a brothel called The Garden Room. John comes to Chicago to help save his wife and daughter but it is going to be a race against time to save them. This is a very touching historical story. The description sucks you right in and plunks you down in the middle of the dirty, nasty Chicago slums and meat packing plant of 1910. Cora is clearly a narcissist and doesn’t like her lot in life. She runs away from a loving, hardworking man to chase a man that is more interested in using Lillian. And poor Lillian, I know things such as this happened all the time in the past and at time here in present day but I just can’t help wanting to get her away from Cora and give her the love that she deserves. If you like historical fiction, this is the book for you. It is heartbreaking and gives a realistic portrayal of life in 1910 Chicago. I received In the Garden Room from Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours.
BooksDirect More than 1 year ago
The book begins in December 1910, as Lillian's father, John, rescues her after her mother, Cora, is killed. But what exactly happened? Flashback to Michigan in July 1910, where Cora, disillusioned with her life as a cleaner and wife of a fisherman, is charmed by Zeke into running away to Chicago with the promise of employment in The Garden Room. She drags along her daughter, Lillian, who she regards as undisciplined and only interested in reading the biology books her father brings home. But will Cora ever find the happiness she seeks? The story is told variously from the points-of-view of Lillian, Cora, Zeke, John, Chester, Mama Mabel, and Buttons, allowing us to get numerous different perspectives. Through her writing, the author masterfully depicts sights, sounds, smells, and tastes, especially when Cora and Lillian first arrive in Chicago. And in her descriptions of the abattoir, you really get a feel for the stench and filth of the place. In an homage to John and Lillian, the writing is full of fishing and insect metaphors, the most constant being Lillian and Cora describing themselves as caterpillars waiting to transform into butterflies. Despite her apparent mental instability, it's difficult to feel sorry for Cora, a woman so desperate to escape her mundane life that she is willing to prostitute her eleven-year-old daughter; as, even though John may be a smelly fisherman, he is a hard-working man, an attentive husband, and a loving father. The narrative is a bit repetitious, and not much actually happens throughout the story, but the quality of the writing more than makes up for it. This is very much a character study. Your heart will ache for Lillian. Warning: coarse language, sex scenes, drug use, mental illness, violence. I received this book in return for an honest review. Full blog post (5 October):
Dedramerg More than 1 year ago
Never has a book affected me so profoundly. Suspense, betrayal, bonds broken and bonds forged - all set against the backdrop of raucous, gritty Chicago 1910 - a time when women and children were expendable. Heart wrenching, beautifully written, an important read for everyone. To see where we are going, we must understand where we have been. Bravo, Tanya Eby, you touched my soul.
Jeanne Pauline Peralta More than 1 year ago