Searching for George's Garden

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About the author

Kay Spencer

Kay Spencer's debut novel, Searching for George's Garden, is a work of fiction inspired by memories of her childhood in the southern United States. Set in the present day, the story examines the transformation of life after loss.

Several decades after leaving, Kay returned to the South where she makes her home in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a former freelance writer for film and video, an optioned screenwriter, and a novelist.

Some of her travel essays and blog entries can be read at

All but two of the characters in Searching for George's Garden are fictional. George Trotter and Adeline Brister were lifetime employees of the Hattiesburg family, babysitters and companions to Kay for the first five years of her life. She re-established her connection to Adeline, who dictated letters before her death at the age of 102 years, 3 months, and 28 days. George passed away before Kay could find him. He lived until the age of 98 years, 2 months, and 22 days. He built a good lizard cage.