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The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
The Language of Flowers

enamoredsoul, January 3, 2012

An extremely beautiful book, both heartbreaking and uplifting, Diffenbaugh's writing is both luminous and stark, in nature. Diffenbaugh's novel chronicles the story of Victoria Jones. Victoria uses the language of flowers to communicate her emotions,desires and grief - a skill taught to her by her last foster mother Elizabeth. Victoria's life has come undone in the foster-care system, and her self-destructive behavior has only served to distance her from others. But when she begins working for a flower shop, she runs into a mysterious flower vendor who tears open old wounds, brings up new desires, and has her questioning her entire life. This book shows us how Victoria grows, and the hardships she goes through - all the while using flowers as solace for her soul and the language of flowers, as a means to express her innermost feelings. A brilliant book, that really makes you feel!
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The Stranger You Seek by Amanda Kyle Williams
The Stranger You Seek

enamoredsoul, September 1, 2011

"The Stranger You Seek" is a truly riveting novel that keeps you guessing and at the edge of your seat every step of the way. Keys Street is a spunky, cool, relatable character...at par with iconic detectives like Stephanie Plum and even Sherlock Holmes. Set in the amazing city of Atlanta, author Amanda Kyle Williams writes about the South and about this city with such passion and such a unique perspective that the city seems to come alive around the reader. I literally felt like I was right there with the characters, experiencing all the situations they were. And the best part? Despite being an intuitive suspense reader/lover, this book didn't give away anything until the very end - and the storyline kept me invested every moment. An excellent novel, recommended to all who love suspense/crime fiction novels.
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My Name Is Red (Everyman's Library Classics & Contemporary Classics) by Orhan Pamuk
My Name Is Red (Everyman's Library Classics & Contemporary Classics)

enamoredsoul, January 7, 2011

It is seldom that one picks up a book that bypasses any and all genres, and comes alive in your hands and speaks to you. Such is the kind of book Orhan Pamuk has written. Part love story, part murder plot, part commentary on all things spiritual - it is a beautifully written book with a great many multi-faceted characters.

Pamuk uses various different characters to narrate his book - some of the chapters even narrated by unusual characters such as the murdered corpse of Elegant Effendi, "Ink", a "Coin", Satan, two dervishes and the color "Red". It is especially the voices of these characters that become emblazoned upon your soul.

The plot lies in the murder of Elegant Effendi, the reason for which is stated to be his working on an illustrated book commissioned by the Sultan. 'Black', who is in love with late Elegant's daughter Shekure, is striving hard to uncover the murderer and win widowed Shekure's hand in marriage. Also, we hear from his fellow artists/miniaturists "Butterfly", "Stork" and "Olive", with their views on the West influencing Eastern arts. Thus, Orhan Pamuk is able to masterfully entwine a mystery, a romance, and allegory to the clash of Eastern and Western culture all in one wonderful book.

In his book, Pamuk writes "An artist should never succumb to hubris of any kind, he should simply paint the way he sees fit rather than troubling over East or West." - and that is precisely how Pamuk offers his progressive perspective, richly Eastern in nature, but pleasantly influenced by Western ideologies as well. He creates an amalgamation of both cultures, in which the values of each one are preserved and respected, and does it quite successfully. Olive, one of the miniaturists, offers his perspective on art as, "Through our colors, paints, art and love, we remember that Allah had commanded us to "See"!" - and that is what Orhan Pamuk so craftily presents in this book, a chance for the reader to see beyond cultures and races, similarities and differences and be completely enchanted by the mystical, lyrical and awe-inspiring realm that "My Name is Red" is, as a novel.
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The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

enamoredsoul, January 5, 2011

Aimee Bender's "The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake" is a surreal tale about young Rose who one day comes to the shocking and life-altering realization that she can taste the hidden and innermost emotions of people through consuming the food cooked by them. Instead of using this to her advantage, Rose finds herself in a dilemma, especially when she begins to taste the deep-seated discontent in her mother's cooking, and later on she tastes the betrayal brought on by her mother's affair. You witness a fraying marriage, an emotional disconnect between siblings, the comfort found in a friend and finally the acceptance of one's own bizarre abilities. Bender weaves the tale around emotionally-crippled and fragile characters,examining their coping mechanisms and their reactions to life."The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake" is a tale both beautiful and sparse, written in a simple language but with plenty of emotion infused into its word. It is a meticulous and slow-paced read, painstakingly so in the second half of the book - but a genuinely touching book, nonetheless.
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The Forty Rules of Love: A Novel of Rumi by Elif Shafak
The Forty Rules of Love: A Novel of Rumi

enamoredsoul, January 4, 2011

The Forty Rules of Love is a beautiful tale about a romance blossoming between two people in completely different parts of the world - communicating through email and bringing comfort to each other through their words. One is a nomad writer, and the other a housewife discontent with her role as the matriarch in her family. And through the words of Rumi, and the story of an unimaginable love, they are able to make an ethereal connection. The wisdom and words in this book astounded me, as I am sure they will astound every reader.
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