Are You Grieving? You Should Definitely Read Fresh Water for Flowers

Valerie Perrin’s novel

Melissa Gouty
Literature Lust

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Pink roses on a tombstone: Photo via Unsplash

The wonderful thing about belonging to a book club is that you are introduced to books you might not otherwise pick up. If I were book browsing, I probably wouldn’t have chosen to read this book based on its dark and subdued cover:

Book cover for Fresh Water for Flowers
Book cover for Resh Water for Flowers: Photo via Europa Editions

I doubt that the blurb featured on GoodReads and Amazon would have piqued my interest, either:

Violette Toussaint is the caretaker at a cemetery in a small town in Bourgogne. Her life is lived to the predictable rhythms of the often funny, always moving confidences that casual mourners, regular visitors, and sundry colleagues share with her. Violette’s routine is disrupted one day by the arrival of Julien Sole — local police chief — who has come to scatter 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 complicated past.

But the assignment of this novel for book club did, without doubt, give me the motivation to read it.

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Melissa Gouty
Literature Lust

Writer, teacher, speaker, and observer of human nature. Content for HVAC & Plumbing Businesses. Author of The Magic of Ordinary. LiteratureLust and GardenGlory.