A compulsive story about the powers and fleetingness of friendship, love, life
Praise for Fresh Water for Flowers:
“A beautiful, intensely atmospheric bittersweet dream of a book.”―Matt Haig
“A funny and moving story of one woman’s belief that everything will turn out right.”―Stylist
“Melancholic and yet ebullient...What may on the surface of it appear gloomy and morose, in Perrin's hands is an appealing indulgence in nature, food and drink, and, above all, friendships.”–The Guardian
1986: Adrien, Etienne and Nina are 10 years old when they meet at school and become inseparable. They promise each other they will one day leave their provincial backwater, move to Paris, and never part.
2017: A car is pulled up from the bottom of the lake, a body inside. Virginie, a local journalist with an enigmatic past, follows the case. Step by step she reveals the extraordinary bonds that unite the three childhood friends. How is the car wreck connected to their story? Why did their friendship fall apart?
Valerie Perrin has an unerring gift for delving deep into life’s depths. Following the thread of a sequence of heart-wrenching, inescapable events over the span of three decades, she draws the reader into a compelling story of love and loss, hope and grief, and of the distance that comes with the passing of time.
A masterly crafted story full of suspense and unexpected plot twists.
Valérie Perrin is a photographer and screenwriter who works with Claude Lelouch. Her first novel, Les Oubliés du Dimanche, won numerous prizes including the 2016 Lire Élire and Poulet-Malassis.