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Fresh water for flowers / Valerie Perrin ; translated from the French by Hildegarde Serle.

Perrin, Valerie, 1961- (author.). Serle, Hildegarde, (translator.).

Available copies

  • 1 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 0 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

Current holds

4 current holds with 3 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library PER (Text) 33500013324520 New On holds shelf -
LARL Cataloging LARL81810 (Text) LARL81810 New On order -
Red Lake Falls Public Library PER (Text) 35500006326142 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781787702202
  • ISBN: 1787702200
  • ISBN: 9781609455958
  • ISBN: 1609455959
  • Physical Description: 476 pages ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Europa Editions, 2020.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Translation of: Changer l'eau des fleurs.
Summary, etc.:
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.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 June #1
    Violette Toussaint is the caretaker of a cemetery in a small French village. At middle-age, she lives comfortably in solitude, as her philandering husband Philippe left years ago. Her contentment is disrupted when detective Julien Seul turns up with an unusual request—to inter his mother's ashes on the grave of her longtime lover—as well as an unexpected revelation—he knows where Philippe has been living. Eager to get a divorce, Violette contacts him, stirring up reminders of their troubled and tragic past. Perrin reveals Violette's personal history in alternating chapters, showing the reader the path that led her to her solitary and contemplative life, as well as the reasons why Philippe left. Serle's translation is fluid and rich in detail, capturing Violette's unique perspective and her vivid inner life. The story is full of unexpected turns and painful revelations, but there are joyful moments interspersed throughout as well. There's no pat, happy ending here, but a finale full of contentment and hope that fits with the tone of the story. Fans of Elizabeth Berg will enjoy this thoughtful take on the inner life of an unforgettable woman. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

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.

Subject: Burgundy (France) > Fiction.
Cemeteries > Fiction.

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