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Fresh Water for Flowers (Compact Disc)

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By Valérie Perrin, Sara Young (Read by)
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This is a story a Violette, a cemetery caretaker whose 20-year old routine is interrupted by Julien, a local police chief whose recently deceased mother asked in her will to have her ashes left on the gravesite of, ostensibly, a complete stranger. As Violette helps Julien unravel this mystery, she also reflects on the mysteries, tragedies, and hopes of her past. Each chapter of the book begins with a powerful epitaph Violette observes in her cemetery and applies to a chapter of her life. This novel is so brilliantly plotted, breathtaking, and completely unforgettable! I cried after every chapter. There are 94 chapters, so I cried A LOT. Everyone needs to read this book and weep with me. I literally do not want to let anyone leave the store without buying this book!

— Ksenia

Translated from the French, this genre-bending masterpiece revolves around a lonely cemetery caretaker, Violette, and a local police chief, Julien, whose recently deceased mother asked in her will to have her ashes be left on the gravesite of what is ostensibly a complete stranger. As Violette helps Julien unravel the mystery of why his mother asked for this, she also reflects on the mysteries, tragedies, and hopes of her past. Brilliantly plotted, haunting, unforgettable.

— Ksenia

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


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. But her routine is disrupted by the arrival of the local police chief, who insists on scattering the ashes of his recently deceased mother on the gravesite of a complete stranger. Soon it becomes clear that his inexplicable gesture is intertwined with Violette's own difficult past. With Fresh Water for Flowers, Val rie Perrin has given listeners 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, it is a heartwarming and tender story that will stay with listeners long after they finish it.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781662091711
ISBN-10: 1662091710
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
Publication Date: June 1st, 2021
Language: English
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Created At: 2/15/2021 08:07am
Last Updated At: 9/12/2021 08:20pm