News & Reviews


September 18, 2017 - Garden of the Lost and Abandoned included in The Hollywood Reporter's "Must-Read Fall Books for Hollywood"

September 25, 2017 - Kirkus review of Garden: "Stunning... An eloquent affirmation of the vast capacity of the human heart."

November 2, 2017 - Apple iBooks favorite: "A gripping portrait of one woman who refuses to be a mere witness, and a moving account of the lost and abandoned young people who are given new hope."

November 3, 2017 - Amazon "Best Books of the Month" pick

November 4, 2017 - Writer's Bone interview

November 10, 2017 - Garden excerpt published in Lit Hub 

November 10, 2017 - Signature Reads review: "Garden of the Lost and Abandoned is a joyful book… Gladys Kalibbala is a force of righteousness."

November 10, 2017 - Garden named one of Writer’s Bone’s Books That Should Be On Your Radar in November 2017: "An extraordinary story... You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll get angry, but you’ll never lose hope while reading this book."

December 1, 2017 - Interview and review in Shelf Awareness: "Garden of the Lost and Abandoned is a gorgeously uplifting antidote to the ugly proliferation of greed, apathy and hate."

December 4, 2017 - Excerpt in Read it Forward:  "In Jessica Yu's stunning work of narrative nonfiction, we meet Gladys, a journalist in Uganda's capital, and one of the many children she's determined to save."

December 12, 2017 - Booklist review: "A compelling, page-turning read... This is a powerful and inspiring tale of how one woman can make a tremendous difference in her community."

December 17, 2017 - The National Review of Books includes Garden on its "5 Hot Books" list.

January 7, 2017 - LA Times lists Garden as one of five books in "One final push for nonfiction gems of 2017."

January 8, 2017 - interview on Writer's Voice, along with a book excerpt.