October 17, 2022
Set in the North Georgia mountains, in the fictional city of Redvale, Transcendent Gardening is the story of Angel Maso, a gardener and would-be playwright, whose life has been quietly unraveling ever since his wife, Dolores, aka Doll Maso, divorced him. Doll, who continues to live in Redvale, is happy and successful and well-adjusted in her new life. Their daughter, Claire, is also successful, wildly so, as a social media entrepreneur. Angel, however, has been struggling for years, eking out a livelihood as a gardener and part-time poets-in-the-schools teacher—and when all that falls apart, so does Angel, with consequences that shake both the city of Redvale and the nation.