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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, eighteen; Chela, four; and Miles, three. Tre’von, a former foster child, is attending New York University on a Gates Millennium Scholarship. Diffenbaugh and her family currently live in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where her husband is studying urban school reform at Harvard.

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is also the founder of the Camellia Network. The mission of the Camellia Network is to create a nationwide movement to support youth transitioning from foster care. In The Language of Flowers

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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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“To love is to undress our names.”
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“I want to be with those who know secret things or else alone.”
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“Believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it.”
Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

“For beauty is nothing but the beginning of terror
which we are barely able to endure, and it amazes us so,
because it serenely disdains to destroy us.
Every angel is terrible.”
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“I live through risk. Without risk there is no art. You should always be on the edge of a cliff about to fall down
and break your neck.”
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Teri-lynn Hello Vanessa thank you very much for adding me as a friend.

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

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.

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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.

❤Sarina❤ thanks for the add!!! I love your books!!!!

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