Fresh Water for Flowers

Fresh Water for Flowers

by Valérie Perrin, Hildegarde Serle

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Overview

A 2020 INDIES INTRODUCE PICK

A POIGNANT RUNAWAY BESTSELLER full of French charm and memorable characters, Fresh Water for Flowers is Valérie Perrin’s English debut.

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.

Violette’s routine is disrupted one day by the arrival of Julien Sole—local police chief—who insists on scattering 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 difficult past.

With Fresh Water for Flowers, Valérie Perrin has given readers 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, Fresh Water for Flowers is a heartwarming and tender story that will stay will readers for years after the final page is turned.

“Breathtaking.”—Unidivers

“Thundering applause. And, believe us, the word ‘thunder’ is not too strong.”—La Marseillaise

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609455965
Publisher: Europa Editions, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/07/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 105,218
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Valérie Perrin is a photographer and screenwriter who works with Claude Lelouch. Her first novel, Les Oubliés du Dimanche, has won numerous prizes, including the 2016 Lire Élire and Poulet-Malassis prizes.


Since graduating in French from Oxford University, translator Hildegarde Serle has worked in London as a subeditor, mainly on The Independent. For Europa Editions, she has translation two books by Christelle Dabos, including the best-selling A Winter’s Promise. She still lives in London, but her heart lives on the Quai aux Fleurs in Paris.

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