Radical Prunings: A Novel of Officious Advice from the Contessa of Compost
This rather deceptive work purports to be the collected horticultural columns of one opinionated Mertensia Corydalis. As Mertensia answers her readers' innocent gardening questions, she reveals more than she intends about her life, her relationships (from her prissy ex-husband to questionable interactions with her employees, Miss Vong and Tran), and her state of mind.
Radical Prunings is a literate, funny, and surprisingly bittersweet fiction debut from a writer with a sharp wit and a very green thumb.
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Review: Radical Prunings: A Novel of Officious Advice from the Contessa of CompostUser Review - Susan - Goodreads
Mertensia Corydalis has collected two year's worth of her garden advice columns in this slender volume. (By the way, her names are both, coincidentally, flower names; nongardeners may not know that ... Read full review
Review: Radical Prunings: A Novel of Officious Advice from the Contessa of CompostUser Review - Rand - Goodreads
For the Wodehouse set: a garden book with more snark than variety, in every sense. Because every prose has its Thorne. sample wit: "senescence: perennial doesn't mean forever". Read full review