Four Tenths of an Acre

From: Margaret Mezzacapo
Four Tenths of an Acre
Author: Laurie Lisle
This has a similar theme to Margaret Roach’s And I Shall Have Some Peace There: Trading in the Fast Lane for My Own Dirt Road (2011). A single woman “escapes” city life by fleeing to a country setting and becoming an obsessive gardener. Ms. Lisle becomes totally possessed, and IMHO uses the garden to avoid human interaction.

There are a few jarring notes/questions I had:

  • Without a job, how is she paying for all this? Unless she got one boatload of an inheritance!
  • She mentions her dog – and somehow chronicles sixteen years with her – yet always refers to her as “my dog” and not once gives her name. Then again, she only names one of her three husbands.

Overall, an entertaining read, though.

And I Shall Have Some Peace There

From Margaret Mezzacapo
And I Shall Have Some Peace There
Author: Margaret Roach

I finished And I Shall Have Some Peace There by Margaret Roach. If I had to sum it up in one sentence, it would be, “My, Margaret, how you do go on.”

Ms. Roach waxes metaphysical to the extent that I just wanted to ask her to get to the point. I read this one first because, as a gardener, I had read her columns in Newsday. Glad I read it, but it really could have been condensed.