The Grandest Garden

A Novel

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Pub Date 04 Jun 2024 | Archive Date 21 May 2024

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Listed on Hasty Book LIst's "Most Anticipated Contemporary Fiction of 2024"

Bella Fontaine is on her own. Fresh out of college and with the winnings from her first international photography competition, she decides to leave Los Angeles to forge a new life in New York City. But will she be able to overcome the trauma of her childhood and her break from home to make it as a successful artist and professional photographer in a new city? Or will her secrets catch up with her ,and keep her from developing the relationships she needs to make her dreams come true?

We meet young Bella just after her tenth birthday, and her grandmothers, Olivette and Miriam, each with a beautiful, mature garden as different from each other as the two gardeners who tend them. As Bella’s homelife begins to unravel, she relies on her grandmother’s gardens as her refuge for stability and belonging. But when Miriam moves in with Olivette in search of healing, the grandmothers bond in a way that makes Bella feel excluded. What happens next sends Bella out into the world before she is ready.

The Grandest Garden is a poignant coming-of-age story about the ties that bind us to our people and how to survive when they break.
Listed on Hasty Book LIst's "Most Anticipated Contemporary Fiction of 2024"

Bella Fontaine is on her own. Fresh out of college and with the winnings from her first international photography...

Advance Praise

“What a wonderful experience it is to tumble into the glorious gardens, as well as the extraordinary lives, of Bella Fontaine’s family. The author’s smooth prose brings to vivid life, the smells, sights, and wondrous textures of an astonishing array of flowers and herbs as she weaves Bella’s tale of love, devotion to her grandmothers, and her commitment to the fragile task of loving, supporting, and embracing the important people in her life. Gina Carroll deftly weaves a story of beauty, heartbreak, survival, and ultimately, enduring love.”

—Anita Bunkley, author of The Twisted Crown

“The Grandest Garden is a beautiful and delicate knitting together of intertwined stories with various colors and patterns from different generations, religions, racial backgrounds, and lifestyles, creating a magnificent quilt that gently wraps itself around you, tenderly holding you in a magical and mystical world from the first sentence to the last.”

—Menah Pratt, Vice President for Strategic Affairs and Diversity, Professor of Education, Virginia Tech; author of Blackwildgirl: A Writer’s Journey To Take Back Her Superpower


“What a wonderful experience it is to tumble into the glorious gardens, as well as the extraordinary lives, of Bella Fontaine’s family. The author’s smooth prose brings to vivid life, the smells...


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ISBN 9781684632367
PRICE $17.95 (USD)
PAGES 352

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