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Abbi Waxman is a USA Today bestselling author of women’s fiction.

Some of her best known works include: The Bookish Life of Nina Hill (2019), Other People's Houses (2018), and The Garden of Small Beginnings (2017).

Born in England as the oldest child of two copywriters who were quite frankly incompatible, Abbi found herself alone with her mother and siblings after her father went to buy some cigarettes–only to abandon them.

Her mother launched a successful career in crime fiction writing, while the ever lazy Abbi ventured into advertising.

She went on to work as a copywriter and later, a creative director at a number of advertising agencies in London and New York.

Years later, Abbi left her career in advertising, had three kids and picked up writing in order to maintain her sanity.

Abbi currently lives in LA with her husband, three kids, three dogs, and three cats. All threes, except husband!

More about Abbi Waxman

Genres: General Fiction, Women's Fiction

Born: 1970

United Kingdom


Non Series

  • The Garden of Small Beginnings (2017)
  • Other People's Houses (2018)
  • I Was Told It Would Get Easier (2020)

Bookish Life of Nina Hill

  1. The Bookish Life of Nina Hill (2019)
  2. Adult Assembly Required (2022)

Detailed book overview

Non Series

The Garden of Small Beginnings

Lilian Girvan has been a single mother for three years—ever since her husband died in a car accident. One mental breakdown and some random suicidal thoughts later, she’s just starting to get the hang of this widow thing. She can now get her two girls to school, show up to work, and watch TV like a pro. The only problem is she’s becoming overwhelmed with being underwhelmed.

At least her textbook illustrating job has some perks—like actually being called upon to draw whale genitalia. Oh, and there’s that vegetable-gardening class her boss signed her up for. Apparently, being the chosen illustrator for a series of boutique vegetable guides means getting your hands dirty, literally. Wallowing around in compost on a Saturday morning can’t be much worse than wallowing around in pajamas and self-pity.

After recruiting her kids and insanely supportive sister to join her, Lilian shows up at the Los Angeles botanical garden feeling out of her element. But what she’ll soon discover—with the help of a patient instructor and a quirky group of gardeners—is that into every life a little sun must shine, whether you want it to or not...

Author: Abbi Waxman
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-0399583582
Publisher: Berkley
Other People's Houses

At any given moment in other people's houses, you can find...repressed hopes and dreams...moments of unexpected joy...someone making love on the floor to a man who is most definitely not her husband...

*record scratch*

As the longtime local carpool mom, Frances Bloom is sometimes an unwilling witness to her neighbors' private lives. She knows her cousin is hiding her desire for another baby from her spouse, Bill Horton's wife is mysteriously missing, and now this...

After the shock of seeing Anne Porter in all her extramarital glory, Frances vows to stay in her own lane. But that's a notion easier said than done when Anne's husband throws her out a couple of days later. The repercussions of the affair reverberate through the four carpool families--and Frances finds herself navigating a moral minefield that could make or break a marriage.

Author: Abbi Waxman
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-0399587924
Publisher: Berkley
I Was Told It Would Get Easier

Jessica and Emily Burnstein have very different ideas of how this college tour should go.

For Emily, it's a preview of freedom, exploring the possibility of her new and more exciting future. Not that she's sure she even wants to go to college, but let's ignore that for now. And maybe the other kids on the tour will like her more than the ones at school...They have to, right?

For Jessica, it's a chance to bond with the daughter she seems to have lost. They used to be so close, but then Goldfish crackers and Play-Doh were no longer enough of a draw. She isn't even sure if Emily likes her anymore. To be honest, Jessica isn't sure she likes herself.

Together with a dozen strangers--and two familiar enemies--Jessica and Emily travel the East Coast, meeting up with family and old friends along the way. Surprises and secrets threaten their relationship and, in the end, change it forever.

Author: Abbi Waxman
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-0451491893
Publisher: Berkley

Bookish Life of Nina Hill

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

Meet Nina Hill: A young woman supremely confident in her

The only child of a single mother, Nina has her life just as she wants it: a job in a bookstore, a kick-butt trivia team, a world-class planner and a cat named Phil. If she sometimes suspects there might be more to life than reading, she just shrugs and picks up a new book.

When the father Nina never knew existed suddenly dies, leaving behind innumerable sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews, Nina is horrified. They all live close by! They're all—or mostly all—excited to meet her! She'll have to Speak. To. Strangers. It's a disaster! And as if that wasn't enough, Tom, her trivia nemesis, has turned out to be cute, funny, and deeply interested in getting to know her. Doesn't he realize what a terrible idea that is?

Nina considers her options.

1. Completely change her name and appearance. (Too drastic, plus she likes her hair.)

2. Flee to a deserted island. (Hard pass, see: coffee).

3. Hide in a corner of her apartment and rock back and forth. (Already doing it.)

It's time for Nina to come out of her comfortable shell, but she isn't convinced real life could ever live up to fiction. It's going to take a brand-new family, a persistent suitor, and the combined effects of ice cream and trivia to make her turn her own fresh page.

Author: Abbi Waxman
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-0451491879
Publisher: Berkley
Adult Assembly Required

A young woman arrives in Los Angeles determined to start over and discovers she doesn’t need to leave everything behind after all...

When Laura Costello moves to Los Angeles, trying to escape an overprotective family and the haunting memories of a terrible accident, she doesn’t expect to be homeless after a week. (She’s pretty sure she didn’t start that fire — right?) She also doesn't expect to find herself adopted by a rogue bookseller, installed in a lovely but completely illegal boardinghouse, or challenged to save a losing trivia team from ignominy…but that’s what happens. 

Add a regretful landlady, a gorgeous housemate and an ex-boyfriend determined to put himself back in the running and you’ll see why Laura isn’t really sure she’s cut out for this adulting thing. 

Luckily for her, her new friends Nina, Polly and Impossibly Handsome Bob aren't sure either, but maybe if they put their heads (and hearts) together they’ll be able to make it work.

Author: Abbi Waxman
First Release: 2022
ISBN: 978-0593198766
Publisher: Berkley