Women who buy flowers: Vanessa Montfort

Women buying flowers

Women buying flowers

Women buying flowers is a novel written by award-winning playwright, director, producer and author Vanessa Montfort. The work was published in 2016 by the Plaza & Janés publishing house. Upon release, reviews have been mostly positive. In general terms, it is said to be a feminist title that advocates friendship between ladies and the achievement of individual and common goals.

However, some readers claim that Women buying flowers It is a book full of clichés and stereotypical characters, which, according to them, makes the story predictable. Overall, others allege that the text becomes slow as the plot progresses, due to the repetition of topics already seen. Even so, The novel has managed to move a good number of lovers of literature.

Synopsis of Women buying flowers

Five women, five reasons to buy flowers

The story begins in a vibrant neighborhood of Madrid, an area where jazz, actors, artists, the elderly, couples without children, extravagant people and, above all, flowers abound. Somewhere there, a square opens onto an almost magical greenhouse guarded by a huge olive tree where a cricket usually sings its morning tunes. That's the place where Marina moved.

After losing her partner, the woman has lived her life like an automaton. Without direction, one day she arrived at El Jardín del Ángel, Olivia's flower shop, where she learned what she needed to know about flowers and about herself, and where she discovered five great friends who encouraged her to meet again, at the same time that she He became someone capable of helping others foster their greatness.

The crossroads of flowers

After Olivia convinced her to take a temporary job at El Jardín del Ángel, Marina meets Casandra, Gala, Aurora and Victoria. Each one of them carries with them a personal burden. that pushes them towards a crossroads regarding their lovers, jobs, families or desires. However, from the forging of her relationship with Olivia, a wise and eccentric woman, they will manage to position themselves within the world.

Women who buy flowers It is dedicated to Isa Borasteros, whom the author nicknames “fairy godmother.” This is precisely the role that Olivia plays in this story, that of a maternal figure who educates, cultivates and protects her flowers, both literally and metaphorically speaking, since each of the protagonists is represented with a flower, which will set the tone for its course.

What does the flower of each protagonist mean?


At the beginning of the novel, she is possessed by co-pilot syndrome. For a long time she neHe wanted his partner to lay the foundations that would give meaning to his own life, But when he lost it, he was left completely vulnerable. Therefore, her flower is the African violet, a plant that signifies shyness and humanity, but also the confidence that this woman needs to survive.


In this case, It is about a lady who has superwoman syndrome. Before depending on someone, he would be able to practice euthanasia, and he would do it with a smile on his lips. His focus is directed toward professional success, and he does not allow anything or anyone to get in the way of his goals. His flower is the blue orchid, which represents the level of relaxation he needs.


They say the devil is in the details, and Women who buy flowers It is full of them, for example: men. Gala is a victim of the Galatea effect. She is convinced that women are allowed anything except growing old.. For this reason, its flower is the white lily, which represents a type of coquetry and beauty that is not lost even as the years pass.


Unlike Sleeping Beauty, this protagonist suffers from the “suffering beauty” syndrome, since it is very easy for her to confuse love with pain. The greater her grief, the more in love she believes she is. Therefore, its flower is the calendula, the flower of suffering. At the same time, it is a plant that represents the cruelty that Aurora does not dare to exercise, not even to defend herself against it.


Would it be a great coincidence that the owner of this powerful name wants to be the best in every aspect of her life? Gifted with the omnipresent syndrome, she has decided that she can do it all, and so, she becomes the best daughter, the most efficient mother and the most indispensable worker. Therefore, her flower is the quince, the one that represents temptation, the one that could break the box and free the warrior.

About the author

Vanessa Montfort Écija was born on June 4, 1975, in Barcelona, ​​Spain. He graduated in Communication Sciences, and began his literary career while studying at the University, participating in plays such as Don Quixote Show (1999) transported landscape (2003) and we were destined to be angels (2006). During that last year she won the XI Ateneo Joven de Sevilla Prize with her first novel.

Months later, she received an invitation to serve as playwright for the Royal Court Theatre. Her time on the stage helped her meet and work with many world-class directors., while continuing to write fiction. Her second novel received the Ateneo de Sevilla award in 2010, which made Vanessa Montfort one of the Spanish writers with the most international visibility.

Other books by Vanessa Montfort


  • The secret ingredient (2006);
  • New York Mythology (2010);
  • The legend of the voiceless island (2014);
  • The dream of the chrysalis (2019);
  • The woman with no name (2020)


  • Don Quixote Show (1999);
  • Transported Landscape (2003);
  • We were meant to be angels (2006);
  • Flashback (2007);
  • Courtesy of the blind (2008);
  • The best chance of being Alex Quantz (2008);
  • The Regenta (2012);
  • Three opera-shaped debris (2012);
  • Black Mermaid (2013);
  • chalk land (2013);
  • Balboa (2013);
  • The Greyhound (2013);
  • Bruna husky (2019);
  • Signed Lejárraga Center (2019)

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