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By Kate L.

January Women’s Fiction Book Discussion

We’ll be “ringing in the new” for the Women’s Book Discussion in January… with a new day and time!  We’re changing our meeting day and time to better accommodate potential participants. We will now be meeting via Zoom on the third Wednesday of each month at 4:00 pm, beginning January 20, 2021.

In January, we’ll discuss the 2011 novel The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. Diffenbaugh’s debut novel explores the life of a young woman who ages out of foster care and struggles as she attempts to come to terms with her past. (This book shouldn’t be confused with the Victorian-era book by the same name, by Kate Greenaway, although this book does draw on the original for some of its material).

The story centers around Victoria Jones, who by the age of 18, had lived in 32 foster homes. As she leaves foster care at the age of 18, she becomes a wedding flower arranger, and uses the knowledge of the “language” of flowers to offer secret meanings to clients’ requests. As she must develop herself as an adult living on her own, she also must come to terms with the truth about a childhood secret and the impact it has had on her life and relationships, as well as those of others.

In a 2011 interview with NPR, the author revealed that she wrote the book (which is completely fictional) based on some of her experiences working with foster children. She and her husband have acted as foster parents, and the character of Victoria was inspired by a young woman she mentored, who had a serious attachment disorder.

EVPL’s Women’s Fiction Book Discussion, open to all readers, will be meeting on January 20, 2021, at 4:00 pm to talk about this month’s selection The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.

Register on the EVPL website and the Zoom link will be sent to you. 

Kate L.

Kate L.


Kate Linderman is the Community Knowledge Librarian of Practice. A life long reader and student of history, she also enjoys gardening, calligraphy and fluffy cat herding.

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