One of our Debuts of the Year 2011.
The Language of Flowers is a heartbreaking and redemptive novel about the meaning of flowers, the meaning of family and the meaning of love. We think it is one of the Debuts of the Year.
A Piece of 'Passion' from the publisher...
'The Language of Flowers was the subject of a hotly-contested 9-publisher auction last year and when you read it, I hope you’ll see why. It’s a book that will strike a chord with so many readers, because it is a book about love; and about finding love, and learning how to love, even in the most difficult circumstances. The heroine Victoria is isolated and damaged from her upbringing in a series of foster homes, and her only passion in life is for flowers and their meanings. It is Victoria’s love of flowers that eventually leads her to the possibility of love, and the hope of a normal life. And throughout the course of the book, the reader gradually learns the secret Victoria is hiding, and why it is that flowers mean so much to her. This is one of those very rare books that combines real literary quality with a page-turning and deeply moving plot. I have yet to encounter a reader who hasn’t fallen in love with it.’ Jenny Geras, Senior Commissioning Editor, Pan Macmillan
The Victorians used flowers to express emotions: honeysuckle for devotion, azaleas for passion, and red roses for love. For Victoria Jones, flowers and their meanings are her only connection to the world -- although for her, they are most useful in expresssing feelings such as grief, mistrust and solitude. After a childhood in the foster care system, Victoria -- now eighteen -- has nowhere to go, and sleeps in a public park, where she plants a small garden of her own. When her talent is discovered by a local florist, she discovers her gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But it takes a meeting with a mysterious vendor at the flower market for her to realise what's been missing in her own life. As she starts to fall for him, though, she must confront a painful secret from her past -- and decide whether it's worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.
Closing date: 03/07/2018
'Marvellous' Sunday Times
'A unique and fascinating debut' Good Housekeeping
Publication date: 19/05/2016
Publisher: Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Publication date: 02/03/2012
Publisher: Pan Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Publication date: 18/08/2011
Publisher: Macmillan an imprint of Pan Macmillan
|Publication date:||19th May 2016|
|Publisher:||Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Relationship Stories, Sagas and Romance,|
|Categories:||Adult & contemporary romance,|
Vanessa Diffenbaugh was born in San Francisco and raised in Chico, California. After studying creative writing and education at Stanford, she went on to teach art and writing to youth in low-income communities. She and her husband PK have three children: Tre'von, 18, Chela, 4, and Miles, 3. Tre'von, a former foster child, is attending New York University on a Gates Millenium Scholarship. Vanessa and her family currently live in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where her husband is studying urban school reform at Harvard.More About Vanessa Diffenbaugh