In the Stacks Episode 97: The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

A video book review of The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. Purchase the book on Bookshop here, and on Powells here.

"As the novel opens, Victoria’s about to be emancipated. Given up as a baby, she was raised in the foster care system, and spent the last of her teen years in a group home in San Francisco. On the morning of her 18th birthday, she’s released.

"Her most significant parent was a woman named Elizabeth, who taught her the language of flowers. In the Victorian era, they were all defined, from passionflower, meaning faith, daisy as innocence, and Lily of the Valley, a return of happiness. She uses them as a way to communicate through tangible objects as opposed to forming emotional connections." -- Michelle Z. from In the

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