Great Aunt Oleander is lifeless. to every of her nearest and dearest she has left a seed pod. The seed pods could be lethal, yet on the other hand they may additionally comprise the key of enlightenment. now not that anybody has a lot time for enlightenment. Fleur, left at the back of on the crumbling Namaste condominium, needs to step into Oleander's position as guru to misplaced and lonely celebrities. Bryony desires to lose the burden she wear after her botanist mom and dad disappeared, yet cannot cease consuming. And Charlie struggles to make experience of his lifestyles after wasting the only girl he might actually love.

A complicated and fiercely modern story of inheritance, enlightenment, existence, loss of life, wish and relations timber, The Seed Collectors is an important novel but from one of many world's such a lot bold and exceptional writers. As Henry James acknowledged of George Eliot's Middlemarch, The Seed Collectors is a 'treasurehouse of element' revealing all that it ability to be attached, to join a society, to be a part of the universe and to be human.

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