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Word of the Day: florid

The word florid has appeared in 30 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Nov. 4 in the book review “Anne of Everywhere” by Catherine Hong:

Still, “Anne of Greenville” was missing something for me that became clear only after I’d read Heather Fawcett’s novel THE GRACE OF WILD THINGS (Balzer + Bray, 361 pp., $17.99, ages 8 to 12), coming in February.

The least obvious Anne reboot of all, this middle-grade fantasy is about a hotheaded young sorceress named Grace who persuades a terrifying child-eating witch to take her in as an apprentice. The touchstone scenes are all here. But the truest homage it pays is in conveying a child’s intense connection to home. Montgomery’s florid descriptions of seemingly every shrub, rosebud and piece of furniture at Green Gables (which used to make my eyes glaze over) communicate this deep attachment. “I love this little room so dearly,” Anne says of her gabled room, with its “white-painted bookcase filled with books, a cushioned wicker rocker, a toilet table befrilled with white muslin.” Similarly, Grace, when she first encounters the witch’s home, is enraptured by its scent of raisin bread and date pudding, its “beautiful wallpaper, patterned with dark green leaves.”

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