September 9, 2011


Fox 2000 Pictures has acquired the film rights to Vanessa Diffenbaugh’s bestselling novel The Language of Flowers. Having just hit bookshelves in August, The Language of Flowers is currently a New York Times Bestseller and is also enjoying great commercial success internationally in the U.K. and Italy (always an appealing thing for film studios). THR reports that The Great Gatsby producers Lucy Fisher and Douglas Wick will also produce Flowers which tells the story of a girl who is brought up in the foster care system and ultimately learns to communicate her anguish via flower arrangement.

If you’d like to learn more about the project, hit the jump for a full synopsis of Diffenbaugh’s novel.

language-of-flowers-book-cover-imageHere’s a synopsis for Vanessa Diffenbaugh’s The Language of Flowers [from Amazon]:

A mesmerizing, moving, and elegantly written debut novel, The Language of Flowers beautifully weaves past and present, creating a vivid portrait of an unforgettable woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own troubled past.

The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating grief, mistrust, and solitude. 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 she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But a mysterious vendor at the flower market has her questioning what’s been missing in her life, and when she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.

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