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ISBN13: 9780345525550
ISBN10: 0345525558
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New York Times 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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"Instantly entrancing." Elle

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"[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

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"A captivating novel in which a single sprig of rosemary speaks louder than words...The Language of Flowers deftly weaves the sweetness of newfound love with the heartache of past mistakes....[It] will certainly change how you choose your next bouquet." Minneapolis Star Tribune

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"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)

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"Diffenbaugh effortlessly spins this enchanting tale, making even her prickly protagonist impossible not to love." Entertainment Weekly

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"Compelling...immensely engaging...unabashedly romantic...an emotional arc of almost unbearable poignance." The Boston Globe

About the Author

To write The Language of Flowers, Vanessa Diffenbaugh found inspiration 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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Joanne Haley, March 13, 2013 (view all comments by Joanne Haley)
I couldn't put this book down once I started it! It is beautifully written and gives such poignant insights into the life of a girl who was abandoned at birth and was passed along from one foster home to the next experiencing pain, lonliness, anger, abuse, ect. Working with flowers transports her into a state of self worth and allows her to see the world in a different light. I hope this author continues to write and give us something else to read because this debut novel is excellent!
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liz3030, March 5, 2013 (view all comments by liz3030)
The Language of Flowers is one of the best books I've read in a long time. Warning: it is a book you will not be able to put down once you begin, so allow plenty of time to indulge. The storyline is compelling as well as believable; Victoria's characterization is a perfect balance of a fragile and damaged human. Likewise, the information about the "romantic" nature and meaning of flowers is invaluable. You'll never just give a pretty bouquet again--it will be a deliberate choice of just the right flowers depending on the occasion. Enjoy the cherry blossom beauty of the book, as alas, it does end.
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JulieB, January 31, 2013 (view all comments by JulieB)
My favorite book I have read in a long time. I have recommended it to many different people and it has gotten unanimous raves.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345525550
Author:
Diffenbaugh, Vanessa
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
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Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20120431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
7.93 x 5.18 x 0.78 in 0.58 lb

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Product details 352 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780345525550 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Instantly entrancing."
"Review" by , "[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)."
"Review" by , "A captivating novel in which a single sprig of rosemary speaks louder than words...The Language of Flowers deftly weaves the sweetness of newfound love with the heartache of past mistakes....[It] will certainly change how you choose your next bouquet."
"Review" by , "Fascinating...Diffenbaugh clearly knows both the human heart and her plants, and she keeps us rooting for the damaged Victoria."
"Review" by , "Diffenbaugh effortlessly spins this enchanting tale, making even her prickly protagonist impossible not to love."
"Review" by , "Compelling...immensely engaging...unabashedly romantic...an emotional arc of almost unbearable poignance."
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