It’s Poppy Pub Day! Please help us celebrate with Julie Cantrell as she welcomes her fourth book baby, Perennials, to the world.
When two estranged sisters reunite for their parents’ 50th anniversary, a family tragedy brings unexpected lessons of hope and healing amid the flowers of their mother’s perennial garden.
What Julie had to say about writing Perennials
I wrote Perennials during a particularly dark time in my life. You know, life tends to do that to all of us at some point along the way, sweep the rug out from under us or whatever. One morning, when I was having one of those “Why Me” moments, feeling hopelessly burdened by the situation I was facing, I started to feel like all was lost. It was truly a dark night of the soul moment, if I want to put it in terms of plot structure.
Anyway, I walked outside and saw a new bloom on my stargazer lilly. It was just the sign I needed. It reminded me that life comes back.
That lilly had been given to me by one of my dearest friends nearly twenty years earlier. The flower had survived more than a dozen moves, as I transplanted her from home to home. The last move had been under particularly dire circumstances, and I had to plant her in a shallow pot with sub-par conditions, and yet there she was … in bloom.
That’s the spark that led to Perennials.
Praise for Perennials
“A stark exploration of the idea that home might not be the place it seems, Perennials is the perfect literary escape to cozy up with this fall.”
— REDBOOK MAGAZINE (20 BOOKS BY WOMEN YOU HAVE TO READ THIS FALL)
“When Lovey is enlisted to help her father create a memory garden for her parents’ 50th anniversary, she learns about herself, her roots, her mother’s perennial garden, and the importance of family bonds that can never be broken.”
— SOUTHERN LIVING MAGAZINE (BOOKS COMING OUT IN THE FALL THAT WE CAN’T WAIT TO READ)
Julie Cantrell is an award-winning New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling novelist whose work focuses on relationships and resilience. As a writer, teacher, and TEDx presenter, she aims to build empathy and connection while inspiring others to live their best life.