The Women's Speaker Series presents Wade Rouse, writing as Viola Shipman, at the Lynden Sculpture Garden, 2145 W Brown Deer Rd, on Tuesday, May 5, 7 pm reception, 7:30 talk. The author will be in conversation with Amy Thomas. Tickets are $23, $18 for Lynden members, at lyndensculpturegarden.org/violashipman.— Boswell Book Company
In her inimitable style, Viola Shipman explores the unlikely relationship between two very different women brought together by the pain of war, but bonded by hope, purpose...and flowers. Iris Maynard lost her husband in World War II, her daughter to illness and, finally, her reason to live. Walled off from the world for decades behind the towering fence surrounding her home, Iris has built a new family...of flowers. Iris propagates her own daylilies and roses while tending to a garden filled with the heirloom starts that keep the memories of her loved ones alive. When Abby Peterson moves next door with her family--a husband traumatized by his service in the Iraq War and a young daughter searching for stability--Iris is reluctantly yet inevitably drawn into her boisterous neighbor's life, where, united by loss and a love of flowers, she and Abby tentatively unearth their secrets, and help each other discover how much life they have yet to live.
With delightful illustrations and fascinating detail, Viola Shipman's heartwarming story will charm readers while resonating with issues that are so relevant today.