Fresh Water For Flowers: A Novel

byValerie PerrinTranslated byHildegarde Serle

July 17, 2020|
Fresh Water For Flowers: A Novel by Valerie Perrin
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A POIGNANT RUNAWAY BESTSELLER full of French charm and memorable characters,Fresh Water for Flowers is Valérie Perrin’s English debut.

Violette Toussaint is the caretaker at a cemetery in a small town in Bourgogne. Casual mourners, regular visitors, and sundry colleagues—gravediggers, groundskeepers, and a priest—visit her to warm themselves in her lodge, where laughter, companionship, and occasional tears mix with the coffee she offers them. Her life is lived to the rhythms of their funny, moving confidences.

Violette’s routine is disrupted one day by the arrival of Julien Sole—local police chief—who insists on scattering the ashes of his recently deceased mother on the gravesite of a complete stranger. It soon becomes clear that Julien’s inexplicable gesture is intertwined with Violette’s own difficult past.

WithFresh Water for Flowers, Valérie Perrin has given readers an intimately told story that tugs on the heartstrings about a woman who believes obstinately in happiness, despite it all. A number one bestseller in France,Fresh Water for Flowers is a heartwarming and tender story that will stay will readers for years after the final page is turned.

“Breathtaking.”—Unidivers

“Thundering applause. And, believe us, the word ‘thunder’ is not too strong.”—La Marseillaise

Valérie Perrin was born in 1967 in Remiremont, in the Vosges Mountains, France. She grew up in Burgundy and settled in Paris in 1986. Her novelThe Forgotten Sunday (2015) won the Booksellers Choice Award and the paperback edition has been long-selling best-seller since publication. Her English-language debut, Fresh Water fo...
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Title:Fresh Water For Flowers: A Novel
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:496 pages, 8.25 X 5.25 X 1.64 in
Shipping dimensions:496 pages, 8.25 X 5.25 X 1.64 in
Published:July 17, 2020
Publisher:Europa Editions
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781609455958

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