Fresh Water for Flowers (Paperback)
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Fresh Water for Flowers (Paperback)

(author), (translator)
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Paperback 304 Pages
Published: 10/06/2021
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Waterstones Says

A heartwarming depiction of unexpected connection and the poetry of everyday life, Perrin’s beautifully observed story of a cemetery caretaker coming to terms with the loss of her daughter combines gentle humour with emotional insight to wondrous effect.

Violett Toussaint is the caretaker at a cemetery in a small town in Bourgogne. Her daily life is lived to the rhythms of the hilarious and touching confidences of random visitors and her colleagues-three gravediggers, three groundskeepers, and a priest. Violette's routine is disrupted one day by the arrival of police chief Julien Seul, wishing to deposit his mother's ashes on the gravesite of a complete stranger.

Julien is not the only one to guard a painful secret: his mother's story of clandestine love breaks through Violette's carefully constructed defences to reveal the tragic loss of her daughter, and her steely determination to find out who is responsible.

The funny, moving, intimately told story of a woman who believes obstinately in happiness, Fresh Water for Flowers brings out the exceptional and the poetic in the ordinary. A delightful, atmospheric, absorbing tale.

Publisher: Europa Editions (UK) Ltd
ISBN: 9781787703117
Number of pages: 304
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

“A beautiful, intensely atmospheric bittersweet dream of a book.” - Matt Haig

"Beautifully written and compelling to read.” - TLS (Book of the Year)

“Valerie Perrin’s delightful Fresh Water for Flowers is a funny and moving story of one woman’s belief that everything will turn out right.” - Stylist

"The story fluctuates between extremes with stylish elegance. It is melancholic and yet ebullient...What may on the surface of it appear gloomy and morose, in Perrin's hands is an appealing indulgence in nature, food and drink, and, above all, friendships." - The Guardian

“A tender and poignant exploration of love, loss, and redemption.” - Publishers Weekly

“A triumphant celebration of life and love.” - ForeWord Reviews

“Breathtaking.” - Unidivers

“A bad, bad, bad case of love at first read. This is a splendid, moving book.” - C'est au programma

“An insightful novel, a book whose droll and endearing characters will bring you from tears to laughter.” - Michel Bussi

“The balance between laughter and tears is spot on.” - Lire

“Thundering applause. And, believe us, the word ‘thunder’ is not too strong.” - La Marseillese

“A million seller in its native France, Perrin’s novel sees the world through the eyes of Violette, a cemetery caretaker, and the people who pass through her care, living and dead, with their stories and secrets.” - The New European

“This book is exquisitely composed and utterly devastating in places, packed with meaningful meditations on life, death and love, and may leave you longing to adopt some of Violette’s considered routines – while also hoping to avoid the heartbreak which led her to this more thoughtful way of life... place this right at the top of your wishlist.” - Cambridge Edition Magazine

“This is a novel set in a place of death, but Violette makes it a place of life, hope and memory.” - The Book Trail

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“A story which you fall in love with...”

Violette was a mother, wife, a level-crossing keeper and now a cemetery keeper.

This beautifully translated almost poetic novel tells the story of Violette and people visiting the cemetery. Valerie Perrin weaves a... More

Hardback edition
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Bookread2day

“Without question a really good unusual read”

What I liked about this book is that is stretched the limits to an unusual gripping read.
Violette Toussaint got off to a bad start, she wa given away at birth and was named Violette and the same midwife gave her... More

Hardback edition
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“Wonderful and moving”

'We have come here in search, in search of something or someone. In search of that love that is stronger than death.'

This is one of those books that just draws you in, wrings your heart out and leaves you,... More

Hardback edition
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