In The Language of Flowers: A Novel, a girl who ages out of the foster care system, finds her family after many years. This is very sweetly written, and actually is surprisingly positive for all the challenges that this group of people face. There is a certain feeling of destiny as the main character falls back into the family she bonded with most strongly. Yet, she is still unable to make a family.
What I found the most surprising was the idea that being a part of a family takes skills, and if these skills are not taught, the next generation won’t have any idea how to make a family.
I love the layering of meaning that the author, Vanessa Diffenbaugh, creates with the flower meanings. She is very kind to her characters, giving them space to find their way, but not making them perfect, just true.