The Language of Flowers: A Novel (Paperback)

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Vanessa Diffenbaugh’s novel The Language of Flowers is a powerful tale about one girl’s ability to help herself and others through flowers. Victoria grew up in foster care, which at the best of times was isolating and filled with deceit. At the age of eighteen, Victoria was emancipated from the system but found herself alone and lacking in job skills. The one thing that Victoria did have was a knowledge of flowers and what emotions they elicit. Victoria was able to get a job at a flower shop where she helped people convey the correct meaning of emotions with their bouquets. This is such a wonderful story that it will leave you craving more tidbits on flowers’ meanings. Thankfully, Diffenbaugh does include Victoria’s dictionary on the meaning of the flowers. Victoria is such a strong character who is determined to succeed even when everyone else failed her. There are many things that she has to overcome and there are touching moments that will compel you to keep reading. One of my favorite aspects of this book, is the way Victoria’s story seamlessly travels between the past and present . This was such an engaging way to tell the tale. Diffenbaugh’s debut novel is a captivating story about leaning from the past and finding love in the present. (Sherry) Join us on Wednesday July 11th at 7 PM for our book discussion on this book.

— Sherry

September 2011 Indie Next List


“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

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

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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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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.

Praise For…


“Instantly entrancing.”—Elle
 
“[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
 
“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
 
“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)
 
“Diffenbaugh effortlessly spins this enchanting tale, making even her prickly protagonist impossible not to love.”—Entertainment Weekly
 
“Compelling . . . immensely engaging . . . unabashedly romantic . . . an emotional arc of almost unbearable poignance.”—The Boston Globe



Product Details
ISBN: 9780345525550
ISBN-10: 0345525558
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: April 3rd, 2012
Pages: 368
Language: English