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Berwin follows Hothouse Flower and the Nine Plants of Desire (2009) with a tale about the mysterious and luscious world of the aromata, professional perfume makers. Evangeline, Eva for short, loves spending the summer with her aromata grandmother, Louise, who works in a closed, empty room, trying to capture the scent of things like joy or shadows. Sometimes she is even successful in these efforts, but she will never share her secrets. When she dies, Louise leaves her house to 18-year-old Eva, who finds a handsome local med student, Gabriel, studying in the kitchen. As they explore the rambling house together, Eva grows more enamored of Gabriel every day. He finally convinces her to go into Louise’s sanctuary, the room where she made her scents, where Eva finds a gift for herself, a scent all her own. But a note warns her that if she removes the stopper, everything will change. The unexpected soon follows. Berwin’s prose is poetic and measured, and her enchanting novel will leave readers searching for a scent of their own. --Amber Peckham
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In her novel "Scent of Darkness," author Margot Berwin conjures up a story with as much simplicity and depth as a magical spell as she relates the coming of age of her main character and narrator using evocative language and fast-paced action that suggests the seductive rhythm of a fairy tale. Ever since childhood, Evangeline simmers in averageness defined by her single mother's nonchalance and the quirky strength of her grandmother, a woman of the Louisiana bayou country. Fascinated by her grandmother's …
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