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The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
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Mar 20, 2012

really liked it
Read in March, 2012

Despite the fact that the central character is a total misanthrope, I enjoyed the premise of "The Language of Flowers." Flowers, in this book, have secret, Victorian meanings, which were used an a sort of code between courting couples.

If this had been utilized in a book with a treacly plot and precious characters, I would not have bothered to finish the book. But instead, the whole idea of a secret code made up of flowers, is hung against a backdrop of loss, suffering, anger, homelessness and hunger. It makes an interesting contrast.

There are aspects of this book that reminded me of "White Oleander."


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