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Reviewed by Foluso Falaye for Readers' Favorite
From one reckless choice to another, Joe Palmer enjoys the spontaneity of a night out with his colleagues. However, he needed a break from his sales job, which had recently taken up much of his time and energy. Also, the situation at home with his wife is far from encouraging, with his wife grieving the loss of their unborn child. However, one arguably good outcome of his reckless decisions is meeting Frank, who offers him valuable advice on various subjects. Though Frank is homeless, he has a fantastic collection of books and a group of fans that stop to listen to him regularly. G. Edward Martin's The Flower from the Garbage follows Joe's transition from workaholism and marital issues to being more intentional at work and home. Will he turn his life around in time to save himself and his marriage?
The story is rife with intelligent, philosophical conversations that will make you think deeply about your life choices. One of my favorite questions helps you find your true self: "If the world didn’t see you, would you even like yourself?” The Flower from the Garbage also includes insightful discussions about family, forgiveness, charity, rules, honesty, and other topics. Furthermore, it weaves a captivating narrative around a reasonable number of characters and keeps us engaged by employing a moderate, natural pace. Frank is such an inspiring character, embarking on projects to help others and embracing people from different walks of life. Though G. Edward Martin's main story is engaging and deeply insightful, the book contains other minor stories built around various eye-opening philosophical topics. A must-read for fans of philosophical fiction and all seekers of wisdom!