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The Language of Flowers: A Novel

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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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Paperback: 334 pages
Author: Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (April 3، 2012)
Language: English
Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches

About the Author
Vanessa Diffenbaugh was born in San Francisco and raised in Chico، California. After studying art education at Stanford University، she went on to teach at-risk youth in East Palo Alto and Sacramento. She and her husband، PK، have four children: Donovan، 24، Tre'von، 22، Chela، 7، and Miles، 6. Inspired by her own experience as a foster parent، her first novel، The Language of Flowers، has been translated into more than 40 languages. Following the success of her novel، Diffenbaugh co-founded Camellia Network، whose mission is to create a national network that connects every youth aging out of foster care to the critical resources، opportunities، and the support they need to thrive in adulthood.


Editorial Reviews
Amazon.com Review
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.

“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

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