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  • Published: New York : Ballantine Books, 2011.
  • Year Published: 2011
  • Description: 322 p.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 9780345525543
  • 034552554X
  • 0345525558


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The language of flowers

by Diffenbaugh, Vanessa.

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Call number: Fiction / Diffenbaugh, Vanessa

Available Copies: Downtown 2nd Floor, Pittsfield Adult, Traverwood Adult

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"The story of a woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own past"-- Provided by publisher.

Community Reviews

a nice read

After a childhood of neglect, an adoptive parent teaches a young woman to connect using the Victorian language of flowers. The story alternates between the present and the past, a chapter at a time.

Liked it

Pretty rich plot with complex characters - I enjoyed this book!

Flower Language

This was an excellent book discussion at our book club. Lots to talk about.

Well worth the read

An interesting journey that delves deeply into broken relationships and the language of flowers, and touches on the foster care system, children aging out of it, motherhood by birth and by choice, and whether we are necessarily forced into our future by our past.

That's a lot to pack into 300 pages. It's worth your time to find out how well Diffenbaugh did it.

Note the glossary at the back before you start!

This is an intense, forthright, strangely poetic novel about motherhood, flowers, reconciliation, and foster care. Victoria Jones is one of the most memorable characters I've come across for quite some time.

I was depressed by the beginning of the story, and a little bored (learning about the glossary of flower meanings at the back of the book helped make this part a lot more interesting!), but I was more and more drawn into the alternating stories of Victoria's past and present, and by the ending, I was quite satisfied. I think this would make a very good selection for book clubs - there is a LOT to discuss.

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