Set in the tiny village of Orient, Long Island, and in New York City, Into the Garden with Charles is a memoir about falling in love. As a boy in suburban New York in 1940s, Clyde Wachsberger daydreams about storybook gardens where magic happens under the huge leaves. Through the 1960s and 1970s, when most gay men disdained monogamy, the author—an artist and set-designer in New York City—searches unsuccessfully for a soul mate. In 1983, approaching middle-age and having given up on finding love, he moves to a three-hundred-year-old house on a third of an acre, where he channels his passion into creating a garden appropriate to his historical home. Then remarkable circumstances lead him to Charles—a connoisseur of art, a gardener, and the man who will become his life-partner. Together they create a garden of sensuous wild beauty.
Into the Garden with Charles is infused with the author's artistic sensibility and is written in a voice that is unaffected, generous, and straightforward. Enriched with the author's paintings—giving it the look and feel of an antique children's book—Into the Garden with Charles is a unique and moving memoir about growing old and falling in love.
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What will become a splendid garden is a âwhole empty field around a clump of peonies.â The author, having âturned fifty without noticing how I had gotten there,â began âto grow around my loneliness the way a tree limb can grow through a chain-link fence, incorporating the sharp metal in...Oct 10 2011 | Read Full Review of Into the Garden with Charles
Into the Garden with Charles reads like a great love letter: beautifully written, full of feeling, a document of an intimate connection that never lost its wonder for the author.Jun 04 2012 | Read Full Review of Into the Garden with Charles
DESTINED to become a classic, Into the Garden with Charles by Clyde Phillip Wachsberger (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) is a jewel of a memoir.| Read Full Review of Into the Garden with Charles
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