Fresh Water for Flowers (Hardcover)

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A bestseller in Europe, this elegant, thoughtful novel will restore your faith in humanity. Violette is the cemetery keeper who soothes the mourners and keeps their secrets, in a small French village. Abandoned by a missing husband, she builds a surrogate family from others who work in the cemetery. When a stranger disturbs her carefully crafted lifestyle, Violette recollects on her own tragedies that lead her there. Be prepared for some tears but also some gorgeous writing. I adored this novel.

— Jane

July 2020 Indie Next List


“Valérie Perrin’s Fresh Water for Flowers is gorgeous. Reading it was almost like being baptized by Violette’s presence as a cemetery keeper, in its comfort, stability, and floral surroundings. Perrin takes us into the pool of Violette’s melancholic past, from first loves to devastating losses. It truly gripped each and every one of my emotions, from fear and sorrow to elation and sentimentality. Whatever I can write as a review, this book is still so much more. I’m so thankful to have read it and can’t wait to share it with readers.”
— Cat Chapman, The Oxford Exchange, Tampa, FL

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A 2020 INDIES INTRODUCE PICK


A POIGNANT RUNAWAY BESTSELLER full of French charm and memorable characters, Fresh Water for Flowers is Val rie Perrin's English debut.


Violette Toussaint is the caretaker at a cemetery in a small town in Bourgogne. Casual mourners, regular visitors, and sundry colleagues--gravediggers, groundskeepers, and a priest--visit her to warm themselves in her lodge, where laughter, companionship, and occasional tears mix with the coffee she offers them. Her life is lived to the rhythms of their funny, moving confidences.


Violette's routine is disrupted one day by the arrival of Julien Sole--local police chief--who insists on scattering the ashes of his recently deceased mother on the gravesite of a complete stranger. It soon becomes clear that Julien's inexplicable gesture is intertwined with Violette's own difficult past.


With Fresh Water for Flowers, Val rie Perrin has given readers an intimately told story that tugs on the heartstrings about a woman who believes obstinately in happiness, despite it all. A number one bestseller in France, Fresh Water for Flowers is a heartwarming and tender story that will stay will readers for years after the final page is turned.


"Breathtaking."--Unidivers


"Thundering applause. And, believe us, the word 'thunder' is not too strong."--La Marseillaise

Product Details
ISBN: 9781609455958
ISBN-10: 1609455959
Publisher: Europa Editions
Publication Date: July 7th, 2020
Pages: 496
Language: English