Hothouse Flower and the Nine Plants of Desire

Hothouse Flower and the Nine Plants of Desire

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Eat, Pray, LovemeetsThe Orchid Thiefin this rollicking debut novel about plant magic, spiritual discovery, and romantic fever in the jungles of Mexico. Shortly after her divorce, advertising executive Lila Nova purchases her first plant. It's a bird-of-paradise, and the seller is David Exley, a rugged "country-sexual" who seems to promise a paradise of his own making. Lila is immediately obsessed--with plants and with the man who sells them--but when David introduces her to the myth of the nine plants of desire, and when she meets a man named Armand who claims to own the nine plants, her obsession reaches unexpected heights: if she can possess all nine plants, the legend goes, her wildest dreams will be fulfilled. But Lila is too trusting, and as a result she is soon off on an adventure she never meant to take: in the Yucatán, alone, hefting a backpack full of travel guides and expensive shampoo, and learning more than she ever wanted to know about the rain forest--and about herself. Plant mythology, shamans and charlatans, mysterious spirit animals, orchid obsessives, scorpions, poisonous snakes, and handsome Huichols . . . they're all here in this tale of mystery, adventure, and heat--in every sense of the word. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307377845
0307377849
Branch Call Number: FICTION Berwin

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dontbugmeimreading
Dec 11, 2011

Can't say that I really liked it but it grabbed me and kept me interested until the end - something I've had trouble finding in a book lately.
Found it similar to The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. It was a little too fantastical at the end for my taste.

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Canine_sCompanion
Oct 09, 2010

I liked this book's concept though writing quality is in process... Definitely a bit like Chocolat or Like Water for Chocolate . A little Castendeda (who I normally don't like to read) and some Celestine Prophesy thrown in. I love the character surfer Kody - where is he?

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