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Hothouse Flower and the Nine Plants of Desire by Margot Berwin
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Jul 30, 2010

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Read in July, 2010

When you pick up this book, turn off your reality meter. Nothing in here is anything like real-life, except maybe the introductions to the plants at the beginning of each chapter. Ready?

Lila Grace Nova is a 30 something, newly divorced, advertising exec in New York City. Her very empty new apartment needs a little decorating, so she goes to the open air market in search of a plant. She meets the decidedly sexy and mysterious David, the Plant Man, who sells her a Bird of Paradise. He keeps her coming back to learn how to care for it.

Late one night, Lila finds an amazing laundromat filled with tropical plants. The owner, Armand, tells her, you see a laundromat for washing clothes which happens to have some plants in it. I see the perfect place to raise tropical plants that just happens to also wash clothes - humid and hot from the washers and dryers.

Armand has, hidden in the back of the laundromat, the nine plants of desire. Each plant has the ability to give a person what they most want and together they are a powerful force. As the story evolves, Lila learns more and more about her own desires and how they shape her world.

One of the desires is for wealth, but it comes with a nasty sting. Lila shares the location of the nine plants with David, imagining that it will cement their love and she'll act as broker between the plant owner, Armand and the plant acquirer, David. Instead, he steals the plants and runs away. The ensuing chase brings Lila into contact with the magic of plants and animals, teaching her and changing her, ever so slowly, into someone who understands who she is and what she wants.

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