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The Language of Flowers: A Novel

Diffenbaugh, Vanessa

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ISBN 10: 034552554X / ISBN 13: 9780345525543
Published by Ballantine Books, New York, 2011
Condition: Very Good - Hardcover
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First edition, stated; first printing, full number line. Inscribed, signed, and dated by the author on the title page: "To S--, with love-- / 2.9.2012 / Vanessa Diffenbaugh." The book is unmarked; rippling from damp exposure to the top of the last 70 pages; corners sharp, spine ends bumped. The dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $25.00); stained from damp exposure; edgeworn; Brodart protected. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 007918

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Title: The Language of Flowers: A Novel

Publisher: Ballantine Books, New York

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good -

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good -

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

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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.

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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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