Margot Berwin, author of Hothouse Flower and the Nine Plants of Desire, on tour July – September 2010

Posted By on May 19, 2010

About HotHouse Flower

HotHouse Flower and the Nine Plants of Desire is one woman’s journey from the modeling and advertising world of New York City to the rain forests of the Yucatan Peninsula. From the hot and steamy plant dealers in the Union Square Green Market, to the curanderos, herbalists and shamans of Southern Mexico.

Lila Nova is a 32-year-old adverting copywriter who lives alone in a plain white box of an apartment. Recovering from a heartbreaking divorce, Lila has a simple mantra: no pets, no plants, no people, no problems. But when she meets David Exley, a ruggedly handsome plant dealer, a country-sexual, as she calls him, her lonely life turns into something far more colorful. From the harsh streets of Manhattan to the verdant jungles of the Yucatan, Hothouse Flower is the story of a woman who travels beyond sense and comfort to find out what she really wants.

A note from the Author

The story is based on a relationship with my good friend Armand who was kind enough to give me permission to use his name on these pages. Over the years Armand taught me a lot about life and relationships and plants. I’ve taken some of that knowledge and created this novel. I would say that the circumstances of the book are fictional in specifics and very real in the abstract.

Take it for what you will. Read it in whatever way gives you the most pleasure.

About Margot Berwin

MARGOT BERWIN won a merit scholarship for creative writing from the New School and earned her MFA in 2005. Her stories have appeared on,, The New York Press, and in the Anthology The Future of Misbehavior. She lives in New York City.

You can contact Margot:

Margot’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS

Wednesday, August 11th: Chocolate & Croissants

Thursday, August 12th: The Road to Here (and guest post)

Friday, August 13th: Chick Lit Reviews .com

Monday, August 16th: Raging Bibliomania

Tuesday, August 17th: MrBrownThumb

Thursday, August 19th: A Nourishing Glimpse

Monday, August 23th: The Gods Are Bored (author guest post)

Thursday, August 26th: A Homesteading Neophyte

Tuesday, August 31st: Mockingbird Hill Cottage

Wednesday, September 1st: Adventurous Kate

Thursday, September 2nd: Bloomingwriter

Tuesday, September 7th: Free Range Living

Wednesday, September 8th: Colloquium

Thursday, September 9th: Book Addiction

Monday, September 13th: K-Town Homestead

Tuesday, September 14th: Creative Living With Jamie (podcast)

Thursday, September 16th: Life in the Thumb

Monday, September 20th: Tales of a Capricious Reader

Tuesday, September 21st: Aunt Debbi’s Garden

Wednesday, September 22nd: Layers of Thought

Tuesday, September 28th: The Indoor Garden(er)

Wednesday, September 29th: Garden Faerie’s Musings

Thursday, September 30th: Plants are the Strangest People

Monday, October 11th: My Reading Room

Tuesday, October 12th:

Thursday, October 14th: Get Busy Gardening!

Tuesday, October 19th: Chiot’s Run

Wednesday, October 20th: Evolution of a Garden

Thursday, October 21st: Kaleidoscopic Wandering

Tuesday, October 26th: A Gardener in Progress

Thursday, October 28th: Farmgirl Fare

Tuesday, November 16th: Candice Does the World


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