The Language of Flowers: A Novel

The Language of Flowers: A Novel

Book rating: 05 Paperback

By (author) Vanessa Diffenbaugh

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  • Publisher: Ballantine Books
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 106mm x 174mm x 30mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2012
  • ISBN 10: 0553841092
  • ISBN 13: 9780553841091
  • Sales rank: 3,244

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INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER   The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating mistrust and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings. Now eighteen and emancipated from the system with nowhere to go, Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But an unexpected encounter with a mysterious stranger has her questioning what’s been missing in her life. And when she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.

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Vanessa Diffenbaugh found inspiration to write The Language of Flowers in her own experience as a foster mother. After studying creative writing and education at Stanford University, Vanessa taught art and writing to youth in low-income communities. She and her husband, PK, have three children and live in Cambridge, Massachusetts. This is her first novel.

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By Hannah Jermyn 09 Dec 2012 5

Moving and engaging. This book makes you think, and it makes you question your own ideas about life and morals. The self destructive nature of humankind is set against our need to protect and be protected. What happens when these collide? This book happened.

The Victorian language of flowers is interwoven with the telling of Victoria Jones (often disturbing ) past and present, giving deeper meaning to the story. I wondered at times how someone who is so in need of love is able to create so much love amongst others.

Read this book. You will learn a lot, you will cry a bit, and you will be inspired by the strength of humankind and the small things that make a difference to everyday lives.

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“Instantly enchanting . . . [Vanessa Diffenbaugh] is the best new writer of the year.”—Elle   “[An] original and brilliant first novel . . . a mesmerizing storyteller . . . I would like to hand Vanessa Diffenbaugh a bouquet of bouvardia (enthusiasm), gladiolus (you pierce my heart) and lisianthus (appreciation). . . . And there is one more sprig I should add to her bouquet: a single pink carnation (I will never forget you).”—Brigitte Weeks, The Washington Post   “Fascinating . . . [Diffenbaugh] clearly knows both the human heart and her plants, and she keeps us rooting for the damaged Victoria.”—O: The Oprah Magazine (book of the week)   “Diffenbaugh effortlessly spins this enchanting tale, making even her prickly protagonist impossible not to love.”—Entertainment Weekly