Thursday, June 21, 2012
The Language of Flowers
Author: Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Publication Date: 2011
Who'll want to read it? Anyone who loves the idea that there is a secret language in things all around us.
What's it all about? Victoria is emancipated at the age of 18 after a childhood in foster care. She has a kind of freedom that she has never felt before; but out in this new world of freedom with no system to catch her if she falls, no one -however cruel and cold- to pick her back up again, she quickly finds herself homeless and jobless, sleeping in parks and eating food out of bins. All she knows as home, as truth and as her own are flowers and their language, hidden from anyone who doesn't speak it or know it exists. This is how Victoria has always communicated and related to her world, with a flower you can say a thousand things you may never utter aloud.
A local florist gives her a chance and discovers that Victoria has a real and raw talent for floral design but not just any kind of floral design, Victoria has a talent for healing, rejuvinating and inspiring people with flowers that she never knew possible. However, this new life doesn't stop the darkness of her past from catching up with her. A vendor at the flower market seems to be communicating with her in an emotional exchange consisting only of flowers, could anyone really still know about the Victorian language of flowers other than her? How is it that he seems to know her already? Is everything she has built for herself about to come crashing down or is her life about to grow in ways she couldn't imagine....
This is a book about loneliness, our inner darkness and our inner light, growth, flowers, San Francisco and learning to love others but also yourself.
Publisher: Picador Australia
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