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A mesmerizing, moving, and elegantly written debut novel, The Language of Flowers beautifully weaves past and present, creating a vivid portrait of an unforgettable woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own troubled past.

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 grief, 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, Victoria has nowhere to go and sleeps in a public park, where she plants a small garden of her own. Soon a local florist discovers her talents, and Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But a mysterious vendor at the flower market 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.

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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ISBN:
9780307878939
Author:
Diffenbaugh, Vanessa
Publisher:
Random House Audio Publishing Group
Author:
Sands, Tara
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
fiction;flowers;foster care;san francisco;foster children;florists;family;homelessness;mothers and daughters;romance;abandonment;adoption;love;california;motherhood;relationships;novel;contemporary;contemporary fiction;coming of age;language of flowers;mo
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fiction;flowers;foster care;san francisco;foster children;florists;family;homelessness;mothers and daughters;romance;abandonment;adoption;love;california;motherhood;relationships;novel;contemporary;contemporary fiction;coming of age;language of flowers;mo
Subject:
fiction;flowers;foster care;san francisco;foster children;florists;family;homelessness;mothers and daughters;romance;abandonment;adoption;love;california;relationships;motherhood;novel;contemporary;contemporary fiction;coming of age;language of flowers;or
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Edition Description:
Nine CD
Publication Date:
20110831
Binding:
COMPACT DISC
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Dimensions:
5.93 x 5.07 x 1.1 in 0.56 lb

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