The Language of Flowers
By Vanessa Diffenbaugh
(Pan MacMillan, Paperback, 9780230755062)
Publication Date: August 2011
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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Summer 2012 Reading Group
“During the Victorian era, flowers conveyed expressions of love and were often used as a form of communication. Victoria Jones, an abandoned child who has been evicted from many group homes, learns this language, and upon her emancipation at age 18, eventually finds a job with a caring florist. A chance meeting at a flower market forces her to confront her past and learn to love and trust someone again. Diffenbaugh's extraordinary debut brings forth in elegant prose the emotions of anger and mistrust, love and loss, and the possibilities for a second chance at happiness.”
-- Annie Philbrick, Bank Square Books, Mystic, CT
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the September 2011 Indie Next List
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