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The Garden

The Garden

Paul Perry

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On a devastated orchid farm in Southern Florida, Swallow, an Irish migrant worker and ex-marine, faces a reckoning in the illegal hunt for an endangered ghost orchid.

‘A lush, tough evocation of obsession and betrayal, this is noir with a poet's touch. The Garden is a book about beauty, blood, heat and ruin. A rich and satisfying read.’  Anne Enright

The Garden is dying. Once an Edenic orchid farm, it has been decimated by the worst hurricane in Florida’s living memory. Its glasshouses are shattered, the surrounding mangroves encroach, and its men are dangerously idle. When Romeo – an expert breeder of the endangered ghost orchid – arrives from Honduras, boss Blanchard and his Irish lieutenant, Swallow, believe their fortunes are on the up.

Romeo may not be what he seems though, and Swallow can sense the newcomer shaking the Garden’s creaking hierarchy. The ghost orchid they seek is infamously rare, a delicate and wildly valuable species, hidden deep in the treacherous cypress swamps of the Fakahatchee Strand. To capture the ghost, Blanchard and Swallow must strike a deal with Logan, a dangerously unpredictable member of the local Seminole tribe, whose wounded pride, and simmering ebb of violence threaten to uproot any hope of success. As Blanchard’s obsession distracts him from what is truly precious, Swallow’s long-buried traumas test his ability to prevent lust, betrayal and death from engulfing the Garden. Paul Perry’s first solo novel tells of smothering power, loyalty and agency thwarted by the tragic patterns of memory and behaviour.

The Garden is a modern fable, and a warning against trespassing upon nature in the name of profit.

Paul Perry is an award-winning poet and novelist. He has published several collections of poetry, most recently Blindsight (above / ground press, 2020). He also co-authored four international bestselling novels as Karen Perry, including The Innocent Sleep with Penguin Random House. He directs the Creative Writing Programme at University College Dublin. 

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Author Paul Perry
Publisher New Island
Publication date 30 Apr 2021
Format Hardback
ISBN/EAN 9781848407992

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