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Not Flowers for Charlie tells the story of ten-year-old Seymour Chilton and Charlotte Bradshaw, as seen from Seymour's perspective. After the bitter divorce of his parents in 1960, he moves with his father and two brothers to an apartment building on the outskirts of Los Angeles, near the Angeles National Forest. He is in the process of building a sturdy wall around himsel ...more

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H.A. Callum
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It doesn’t “matter how many miles you put in the rearview, your memories still follow you.” This is the sentiment that permeates C. M. Turner’s “Not Flowers for Charlie.”

This is a coming-of-age story filled with beautiful and sometimes poetic lines, the joys and tragedies of family, and most importantly, the permanence of true friendship. Because, as Turner writes, the people in our lives “don’t really die,” so long as “people remember” them.

“Not Flowers for Charlie” is the kind of book you’ll w
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Bibiana #IndieApril
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Not Flowers For Charlie is the second novel I have enjoyed from author C.M. Turner and it’s strikingly different in voice and genre than the Southern gothic, Where The Ironweed Blooms, which immediately made me a fan of her distinctive writing style.

This nostalgic, coming of age story speaks with wisdom on a time many people may have forgotten or might not have experienced themselves. The McCarthy Era, a strange time in American history where families watched the A-bomb experiments and Neil Arm
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Drew
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brought together by their shared apartment complex, Seymour and Charlie become first inseparable friends, then family, as they make friends, plans, adventures and find ways to navigate the joys and losses, trials and pitfalls of their adolescence.
Disclaimer: I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for this review.
Not Flowers For Charlie is told primarily through Seymour's perspective, either in the novel's main setting of the 1960's or in his recollections from the present day. As su
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Jennifer Jacobus-Hartman
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Having previously read Where the Ironweed Blooms by C.M. Turner, I had high expectations for Not Flowers for Charlie. Though the two novels are quite different in style and setting, Turner exceeded my expectations with a beautiful coming-of-age story. Not Flowers for Charlie revolves around the childhood bond between Seymour Chilton and Charlotte “Charlie” Bradshaw. Readers are taken on a nostalgic journey through youthful innocence, love, loss, and ultimately, we learn what it means to really l ...more
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C.M. Turner is the author of Where the Ironweed Blooms, Not Flowers For Charlie and four other novels to be published in the not too distant future. She is a multi-genre author, who grew up in Southern California and lived in the Pacific Northwest, as well as several states in the South.
She has met an become friends with people from all walks of life, many she is still in contact with today. She p
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