In The Present State of the Garden, both childhood and the natural world are elegized as the speaker works through layers of loss: the dissolution of a marriage and a world on the brink of ecological collapse. She attempts to patch together some kind of new Eden in these aftermaths and to make a home and family from the remnants—memories from girlhood, a stray aunt and a niece, and what's left of her small, once lush garden after the punishing storms of summer. The Present State of the Garden is a clear-eyed, open-hearted poetic memoir.
About the Author
Heather Sellers is the author of a popular textbook, The Practice of Creative Writing, as well as a children's book (with Amy Young), three volumes of poetry, and a collection of linked short stories titled Georgia Under Water. Her memoir, You Don't Look Like Anyone I Know, was featured in O, the Oprah Magazine and was an O Book-of-the-Month Club pick and an Editor's Choice selection at the New York Times, and was also featured on NPR, the Today Show, and Good Morning America. Her recent essays appear in the New York Times, Reader's Digest, Good Housekeeping, the Sun, and O, the Oprah Magazine. Her essay "Haywire" was selected for the Best American Essays, and "Pedal, Pedal, Pedal," won a Pushcart Prize in 2018. She is a member of the creative writing faculty at the University of South Florida.