YPL Book Group, led by Leslie Altman, meets the 3rd Thursday of the month at
2 PM. Newcomers always welcome! No meeting in December.
April: Wednesday, April 19th at 2 PM. (Note date change.)
Fresh Water for Flowers by Valerie Perrin and Hildegarde Serle
A #1 best-seller in France and in Italy, where it was dubbed Italy’s favorite “lockdown novel,” Fresh Water for Flowers is an intimately told story about a woman who defiantly believes in happiness, despite it all.
Violette Toussaint is the caretaker at a cemetery in a small town in Bourgogne. Her life is lived to the predictable rhythms of the often funny, always moving confidences that casual mourners, regular visitors, and sundry colleagues share with her. Violette’s routine is disrupted one day by the arrival of Julien Sole—local police chief—who has come to scatter 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 complicated past.
FYI: Past YPL Book Group picks include:
March: The Phone Booth at the Edge of the World
by Laura Imai Messina
February: The Leavers
by Lisa Ko
by Geraldine Brooks
by Hernan Diaz
October:The Sweetness of
Water by Nathan Harris
September: The Midnight
Library by Matthew Haig
June: The Promise
by Damon Galgut
May: The Island of Missing
Trees by Elif Shafak
April: The Four Winds
by Kristin Hannah