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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 4 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 6 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 8 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 9 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 14 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 15 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 16 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 18 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 19 months ago by lisbeth