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Danielle Trussoni…electric and alive, containing a fire her mother would surely recognize and a beauty her father would approve. The Florist's Daughter is Hampl's finest, most powerful book yet…Hampl's honest examination of her own life makes The Florist's Daughter a wonder of a memoir. A conflicted daughter, a begrudging Midwesterner and a woman who has been besotted by illusions, Hampl proves that the material closest to home is often the richest. Her mother, who complained that her daughter never confided in her, who wanted her daughter to open her "cold heart," said upon learning that Hampl was writing this book: "Good. It's about time." I think you will find that Mary Catherine Ann Teresa Eleanor Marum Hampl was right.
—The New York Times