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The garden
Paul Perry
New Island Books
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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 rise.

Romeo may not be all 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 web 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 will test his ability to stop 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.

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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. The Garden is his debut novel as Paul Perry.

'Atmospheric and absorbing ... an exceptional novel that lingers long in the memory'

Irish Independent

The power of this novel is generated by an urgent evocation of place and of time. South Florida's extremity of character emanates in part from a collision between the uncontrollable power of nature and the uncontrolled greed of humanity.

The Irish Times - Neil Hegarty

Part modern parable, part noirish thriller, The Garden is an intriguing, atmospheric read where you can almost taste the salty sweat on every page.

Sunday Business Post - John Walshe

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