Tuesday, June 12, 2012
My Lover, My Garden by Erik Gustafson
"Watch out for those peeling onions!"
Larry's brother, Frank, inherits a mansion from their uncle, the dwelling located only a mile from where the two grew up. Initially planning on joining the Army, Larry - fresh out of high school - decides to stay with his brother instead. The idea of freedom excites Larry, but he gets a rude awakening when he arrives. Everything (the driveway, yard, etc.) is buried in vegetation, and Frank turns out to be someone Larry hardly recognizes. Not only is he overweight, but he has an obsession with the fruit and vegetable plants surrounding the house. It takes a few months before Larry figures out what's going on, but once he does, the reader will find non-stop action leading up to the finale. While I could sense where things were going throughout the story and the ending did not surprise me, Erik's creative and crazy storyline made this a fun read.