Livia is a quiet Midwestern suburb known for its green-thumbed residents and their impeccable yards--but this summer, they'll be digging up a lot more than weeds. . .
George and Nan Fremont are renowned among their neighbors for their meticulously manicured backyard. Now that the weather's warming up, it's time for them to give their neglected front yard a much-needed makeover. Luckily, their daughter Mary and their gardening intern Shirelle are around to help.
But a bevy of meddlers stonewall their latest project before they can even dig in. Shirelle's college advisor, Dr. Brockheimer, is a little too enamored with the Fremonts' gardening prowess. Livia's resident historian, Miss Price, seems to be hiding something about the history of their property. And their nosy neighbor, Jim Graybill, is forever scanning their lawn for buried treasures with his beloved metal detector--but could he actually be onto something for once?
Trouble is in full bloom in Livia, but with a trowel in one hand and a glass of merlot in the other, George and Nan count on everything coming up roses.
Praise for Norman Draper's Backyard
"Draper's savory satire demonstrates a splendid affinity for Mother Nature and a sardonic appraisal of human nature."--Booklist
"A clever fable. . .Readers looking for a quick, witty read will enjoy the thorns in this arrangement." --Publishers Weekly
"Draper carefully arranges his cast of loopy characters. . .A light tale of suburban warfare waged by the gardening elite."--Kirkus