The Gardener


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Adam lives alone, and he's doing everything he can to keep it that way. "I prefer plants to people," he tells his only friend, Donna. "It's just the way I am. No offense." An accountant by day, he spends his free time tending his impressive garden and reading grim 19th century novels from his private library. His cautious, predictable life is governed by a set of sensible rules, just the way he likes it.

One winter day, a young man appears in the driveway to inquire about an apartment for rent. Fortunately, Adam uses a formula that allows him to reject the unsuitable applicant, no matter how attractive he might be. Unless, just once, he bends his rules. How bad could it be? Or how good? After all, Adam would never let things get out of control.

What follows is an emotional roller coaster involving social awkwardness, horticulture, flirting, office politics, blasphemy, a southern lady, pickup trucks, antiques, dish washing, sex, homophobia, good food, a stern Scotswoman, arson, the police, sex, psychotherapy, a renovation project, accounting, and a guy who calls everyone "dude." Wait . . . did I mention murder? And sex? And what about that handsome guy at the office who compliments Adam's neckties? What does he want?

Nope . . . Adam would never lose control of his life!

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