Lila Nova is a newly divorced New York City ad exec, weary of the seedy underside to her industry and the fact that her doorman sees her come home every night, alone. But one Saturday afternoon a chance encounter at the Union Square Greenmarket awakens new passion and she starts to feel the old Lila coming back. Out of that meeting comes an obsession that leads her to the East Village, and into a Laundromat where she meets the charismatic Armand. His Laundromat is overtaken by greenery moss grows on the floor, tropicals drip from the ceiling, butterflies dart about, and flowers line the tops of the driers. Armand presents Lila with a test- if she can get a fire fern cutting to grow roots he will show her the secret plants in his back room. As her fire fern grows to fill her Manhattan apartment, she takes the robbery of Armand s back room as her cue and journeys to the lush jungles of southern Mexico. Alone in the Yucatan with a backpack of high heels and expensive shampoo, Lila is forced to learn more than she ever wanted to know about both the rainforest and herself. illed with plant mythology, Huichol shamans, orchid obsessives, scorpions, handsome Mexicans and flowers o
Margot Berwin earned her MFA from the New School in 2005. Her stories have appeared on Nerve.com, in New York Press, and in the anthology, The Future of Misbehavior, published by Chronicle Books. Margot spent years working in advertising, lives in New York City's Union Square, and has a killer collection of plants.