The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh: | donkeytime.org: BooksKate Penn: What was your inspiration for this novel? Vanessa Diffenbaugh: I started with the idea of writing a novel about the foster-care system. The same sensationalized stories appear in the media over and over again: violent kids, greedy parents, the occasional hor- rific child death or romanticized adoption—but the true story of life inside the system is much more complicated and emotional. Foster children and foster parents, like children and adults everywhere, are trying to love and be loved, and to do the best they can with the emo- tional and material resources they have. With Victoria, I wanted to create a character that people could connect with on an emotional level—at her best and at her worst—which I hoped would give readers a deeper understanding of the challenges of growing up in foster care. Kate: I found it fascinating that someone like Victoria, who is so hardened on the outside, is able to find solace in something as soft and sensitive as flowers—yet it was believable. What was your inspi- ration for her character?
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She has set up an advocacy group to support young people making the transition from foster care to independence. And she has compiled her own flower dictionary , modeled on one from Ballantine Books, Ms. In this case the festive possibilities are mind boggling. On top of all this Ms. Diffenbaugh has also constructed a novel.
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The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, aster for patience, and red roses for love. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings. Now eighteen and emancipated from the system, Victoria has nowhere to go and sleeps in a public park, where she plants a small garden of her own. Soon a local florist discovers her talents, and Victoria realizes that she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. What potential do Elizabeth, Renata, and Grant see in Victoria that she has a hard time seeing in herself? While Victoria has been hungry and malnourished often in her life, food ends up meaning more than just nourishment to her. Victoria and Elizabeth both struggle with the idea of being part of a family.
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