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Debut novelist Margot Berwin gives her fecund imagination free play in this lush and steamy summer read. Recently divorced and craving a blank slate, 30-something advertising copywriter Lila Nova moves into a new studio apartment “with absolutely no character” on Union Square. Lila, the sort of contemporary heroine given to amusing self-deflating wisecracks, is not, however, destined to inhabit a clean, white box for long. Within a few chapters, packed with romantic betrayal, plant lore and a couple of visits to a surreal Laundromat in the East Village, she’s on her way to “high adventure” in the Yucatan rain forest, where she’ll encounter ancient magic, poisonous creatures, a murderous exotic plant dealer, and, yes, true love. A wildly inventive novel as vivid and colorful as a jungle flower.
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This truly is one of the best stories I have ever read, if you like unusual stories you will like this one !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Published 6 months ago by iris watkins ball
A good book to bring on a long airplane ride. Not too deep. I liked the author's style---lovely vivid descriptions. But, as they say, "there's no there there. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Donna Jones
Part fiction, part real - I enjoyed the magical atmosphere and the lore about each flower as well as the jungle setting.Published 10 months ago by Roseworker
I just finished this book this morning. I just picked it not knowing anything about it. I loved the story from the time it started! Read morePublished 11 months ago by Shannon020
This book was well written and incredibly creative, with extraordinary and lovely descriptive passages and an original story line. Sadly, I found it kind of creepy. Read morePublished 16 months ago by sj faux
I love the way that Berwin writes. She creates suspense and intrigue in a subtle unfolding way, and infuses her stories with symbolism and unique relationships with special... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Just Chel
She has a deep understanding of the natural world and human nature. I can't wait to read her next book.Published 19 months ago by jumpt54
I love how Ms. Berwin writes! This is the second of her books I've read, and I can't wait for more!Published 20 months ago by Michelle C. Greene
I Loved this book for the first 1/2 hour or so. Really loved it..but as soon as she gets to her first sexual encounter I was completely grossed out. SKANK! Read morePublished 21 months ago by lisbeth