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Valérie Perrin

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Valérie Perrin

Valérie Perrin was born in 1967 in Remiremont, in the Vosges Mountains, France. She grew up in Burgundy and settled in Paris in 1986. Her novel The Forgotten Sunday (2015) won the Booksellers Choice Award and the paperback edition has been long-selling best-seller since publication. Her English-language debut, Fresh Water for Flowers (Europa, 2020) won the Maison de la Presse Prize, the Paperback Readers Prize, and was named a 2020 ABA Indies Introduce and Indie Next List title. It has been translated into over thirty languages. Figaro Littéraire named Perrin one of the ten best-selling authors in France in 2019, and in Italy, Fresh Water for Flowers was the best selling book of 2020. Perrin now lives in Normandy

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Out in paperback this spring, two award-winning, international bestsellers by women in translation: Mieko Kawakami’s Breasts and Eggs and Valérie Perrin’sFresh Water for Flowers

Latest reviews

  • “Palomar will be making an internationally-driven TV series based on the book.”
    — Variety, Jun 29 2021
  • “If you are looking for a story that you will not quickly forget, try this one.”
    — Bibliophile By The Sea, Oct 19 2020
  • “It’s a glorious read. Touching, thought provoking, taut: a tribute our power to heal. Another must read.” Read the full review on
    —, Sep 12 2020
  • “French novelist Valerie Perrin has created a story representative of many girls and women trapped by social and financial circumstances, victims who they think they have no way out yet who are resilient and accomplished without realizing it.”
    — The Winnipeg Free Press, Aug 29 2020
  • “The story fluctuates between extremes with stylish elegance. It is 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, Jul 20 2020
  • “Fans of Elizabeth Berg will enjoy this thoughtful take on the inner life of an unforgettable woman.”
    — Booklist, Jun 1 2020
  • “Perrin’s English-language debut is a tender and poignant exploration of love, loss, and redemption.”
    — Publishers Weekly, May 13 2020
  • “Colorful and highly enjoyable.”
    — Kirkus Reviews, Apr 1 2020
  • ★“Savor every page of Valérie Perrin’s irresistible novel, which, despite its deaths, betrayals, and affairs, is a triumphant celebration of life and love.”
    — ForeWord Reviews, Mar 2 2020
  • “It’s such a great story about love, loss, grief.”
    — Literary Hoarders, Jan 20 2020


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