Fresh Water for Flowers

Perrin, Valérie

| 2020

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Violette Toussaint is the caretaker at a cemetery in a small town in Bourgogne. Random visitors, regulars, and her colleagues-three gravediggers, three groundskeepers, and a priest-visit her to warm themselves in her lodge, where laughter, companionship, and occasional tears mix with the coffee that she offers them. Her daily life is lived to the rhythms of their hilarious and touching confidences.Violette's routine is disrupted one day by the arrival of a man-Julien Seul, 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 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 secret past and the grief within it.With Fresh Water for Flowers, Valerie Perrin gives readers the funny, moving, intimately...

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