Fresh Water for Flowers

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5.5 X 8.3 X 1.7 inches | 1.25 pounds

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About the Author

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 novel The 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 for Flowers (Europa, 2020) won the Maison de la Presse Prize, the Paperback Readers Prize, and was named a 2020 ABA Indies Introduce and Indie Next List title. It has been translated into over thirty languages. Figaro Littéraire named Perrin one of the ten best-selling authors in France in 2019, and in Italy, Fresh Water for Flowers was the best selling book of 2020. Perrin now lives in Normandy


★ "Savor every page of Valérie Perrin's irresistible novel, which, despite its deaths, betrayals, and affairs, is a triumphant celebration of life and love."--ForeWord Reviews (Starred Review)

"A tender and poignant exploration of love, loss, and redemption...This enchanting indulgence in nature, drink, food, and friends is worth a look."--Publishers Weekly

"Full of contentment and hope...Fans of Elizabeth Berg will enjoy this thoughtful take on the inner life of an unforgettable woman."--Booklist

"Colorful and highly enjoyable and pulled together by an engaging narrator."--Kirkus Reviews

"The story fluctuates between extremes with stylish elegance. It is melancholic and yet ebullient...What may on the surface of it appear gloomy and morose, in Perrin's hands is an appealing indulgence in nature, food and drink, and, above all, friendships."--The Guardian

"In Fresh Water for Flowers, a saga of a woman's life from nothing to something, French novelist Valerie Perrin has created a story representative of many girls and women trapped by social and financial circumstances, victims who they think they have no way out yet who are resilient and accomplished without realizing it."--The Winnipeg Free Press

"It's a glorious read. Touching, thought provoking, taut: a tribute our power to heal. Another must read."

"Fresh Water For Flowers is a wonderful literary feast, a story about life, death, and a bit of a mystery as well [ . . . ] If you are looking for a story that you will not quickly forget, try this one."--Bibliophile By The Sea

"The balance between laughter and tears is spot on."--Lire

"A bad, bad, bad case of love at first read. This is a splendid, moving book."--C'est au programme

"Readers will be transported by the poetic gentleness of the narration, by the generous gaze that the two protagonists cast over human affairs, by the desire for peace that both Julian and Violette have, and by the welcome dose of humor. . . Readers will not be disappointed."--La Croix

"This may be my favorite book of 2020. It's only February, but I can hardly imagine another novel surpassing the pure loveliness of this one. The individuality and depth of her characters, the perfect measure of her prose, create a world where beauty, hope, grief and love commingle. The story of Violette the cemetery keeper -- the story of all the characters -- is so perfectly drawn. This is a novel of astonishing humanity accomplished with an art so subtle it will take your breath away."--Mary McDonald, Nicola's Books, Ann Arbor, MI

"The story mixes quirky characters, one dark plot line and entranced me with its quiet joy."--Kathi Kirby, Powell's Books, Portland, OR

"This book left me breathless and in tears! Fell in love with Violette and her entourage of characters from the first page and was mesmerized until the last word. Perrin has penned a story of life with love, loss, yearning, sadness and all of the emotions that humans experience during their lifetimes. And it is ultimately a love story written beautifully. Loved it!!!!!"--Stephanie Crowe, Page & Palette, Fairhope, AL

"Gorgeous--reading it was almost as if I was being baptized by Violette's present as a cemetery keeper, in its comfort, stability and floral surroundings, into the pool of her melancholic past, from first loves to devastating losses, the air and water all but the same medium at the end of the day. It truly gripped each and every one of my emotions, from fear and sorrow, to elation and sentimentality."--Cat Chapman, Oxford Exchange, Tampa, FL

"The only way I can describe this book is that it's an epic. No, not 'epic' (though it is certainly that), but AN epic of Homerian proportions that delves deeply and into the lives of its characters as opposed to focusing only on its main character (Violette, the cemetery keeper) the entire time. It is contemporary fiction, a murder mystery, a thriller, a tragedy, and a romance all rolled into one."--Katie MacKendrick, librarian, Denver Public Library

"This is one of those special books that defy description and make you glad it was written!"--Deon Stonehouse, Sunriver Books & Music, Sunriver, OR

"I've never wanted so desperately to hang out with a literary character. Violette is the type of person you feel like you could spend hours with...Reading [Fresh Water for Flowers] was truly a magical experience."--Quentin Greif, Little City Books, Hoboken, NJ

"Fresh Water for Flowers is a moving and lyrical portrait of one woman's quest for happiness and love. A splendid work that will keep readers absorbed to the last page. A charming must-read."--Lindsey Bartlett, formerly of Ellen Plumb's City Bookstore, Emporia, KS

"This story is simply beautiful. Fresh, fun, and so unique."--Kappy Kling, HearthFire Books, Evergreen, CO