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Valérie Perrin is a French award-winning author of literary fiction and women’s fiction.

She is best known for writing the award-winning novels Fresh Water for Flowers - Changer l'eau des fleurs (2020), and Forgotten on Sunday - Les Oubliés du dimanche (2023).

Born in Remiremont, nestled among the stunning Vosges Mountains in France, Perrin was raised in Burgundy before later settling in the French capital.

She made her English-language writing debut with Fresh Water for Flowers, originally published as Changer l'eau des fleurs.

The novel, which went on to win the Maison de la Presse Prize, as well as being listed as a 2020 ABA Indies Introduce and Indie Next List title, has been translated into more than 30 languages.

Named among the ten best-selling authors in France in 2019 by French publication Figaro Littéraire, Perrin currently resides in Normandy.

More about Valérie Perrin

Genres: Literary Fiction, Women's Fiction

Born: 1967


Non Series

  • Fresh Water for Flowers - Changer l'eau des fleurs (2020)
  • Three - Trois (2021)
  • Forgotten on Sunday - Les Oubliés du dimanche (2023)

Detailed book overview

Non Series

Fresh Water for Flowers

An intimately told story about a woman who defiantly believes in happiness, despite it all.

Violette Toussaint is the caretaker at a cemetery in a small town in Bourgogne. Her life is lived to the predictable rhythms of the often funny, always moving confidences that casual mourners, regular visitors, and sundry colleagues share with her. Violette’s routine is disrupted one day by the arrival of Julien Sole—local police chief—who has come to scatter the ashes of his recently deceased mother on the gravesite of a complete stranger. It soon becomes clear that Julien’s inexplicable gesture is intertwined with Violette’s own complicated past.

Author: Valérie Perrin
Original Title: Changer l'eau des fleurs
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-1609456764
Publisher: Europa Editions

1986: Adrien, Etienne and Nina are 10 years old when they meet at school and quickly become inseparable. They promise each other they will one day leave their provincial backwater, move to Paris, and never part.

2017: A car is dragged up from the bottom of the lake, a body inside. Virginie, a local journalist with an enigmatic past reports on the case while also reflecting on the relationship between the three friends, who were unusually close when younger but now no longer speak. As Virginie moves closer to the surprising truth, relationships fray and others are formed.

Author: Valérie Perrin
Original Title: Trois
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-1609458478
Publisher: Europa Editions
Forgotten on Sunday

Justine is 21 years old and has lived with her grandparents and cousin Jules since the death of her parents. She works as a carer at a retirement home and spends her days listening to her residents' stories.

After bonding with Hélène, an almost 100-year-old resident, the two women slowly reveal their stories to one another. Whilst Justine helps Hélène to relive her memories of love and war, Hélène encourages Justine to confront the secrets of her own past, and the loss she has buried deep within.

One day, trouble arrives in the form of a mysterious phone call that shakes the retirement home to its core and uncovers a shocking revelation. At once humorous and melancholic, Valérie Perrin's debut novel is a story of how the past can shape our present, and the scars of undeclared love.

Author: Valérie Perrin
Original Title: Les Oubliés du dimanche
First Release: 2023
Ebook: B0BS24S6J8
Publisher: Europa Editions