Fresh Water For Flowers - Valerie Perrin
A bestseller in France, Fresh Water for Flowers is a delightful, atmospheric, absorbing fairy tale full of poetry, generosity and warmth.
Violette's routine is disrupted one day by the arrival of a man - Julien Sole, local police chief - who insists on depositing the ashes of his recently departed mother on the gravesite of a complete stranger. It soon becomes clear that the grave Julien is looking for belongs to his mother's one-time lover, and that his mother's story of clandestine love is intertwined with Violette's own past.
With Fresh Water for Flowers, Valerie Perrin has given readers a funny, moving, intimately told story of a woman who believes obstinately in happiness. Perrin has the rare talent of illuminating what is exceptional and poetic in the seemingly ordinary.