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Vanessa Diffenbaugh

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VANESSA DIFFENBAUGH was born in San Francisco and raised in Chico, California. After graduating from Stanford University, she worked in the non-profit sector, teaching art and technology to youth in low-income communities. Following the success of her debut novel, The Language of Flowers, she co-founded Camellia Network (now Lifeset Network), a non-profit whose mission is to connect every youth aging out of foster care to the critical resources, opportunities, and support they need to thrive in adulthood. She currently lives in Monterey, CA, with her husband and four children.

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“Anyone can grow into something beautiful.”
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“Perhaps the unattached, the unwanted, the unloved, could grow to give love as lushly as anyone else.”
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“Common thistle is everywhere,” she said. “Which is perhaps why human beings are so relentlessly unkind to one another.”
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message 5: by Robin

Robin Vanessa,

I love the article about you and your family in Monterey County Weekly! What an inspiration you and your husband are!


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Linda Juliano Thanks for adding me as a "friend". I absolutely loved your book and your writing style. As a fellow author, your writing inspires me. I can't wait to read more from you in the future.


Lauren I loved this book, beautifully written and I fell in love with the main character. Can't wait to see what you write next.


Parvathy Thanks for adding me. Language of flowers is one of the best books I have read.


Teri-lynn Hello Vanessa thank you very much for adding me as a friend.


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