Wallflower in Bloom

A Novel

Wallflower in Bloom

From the beloved bestselling author of Must Love Dogs comes a winning and witty novel about a woman who emerges from the shadow of her overbearing family and finds herself “dancing with the stars.”

Deirdre Griffin has a great life; it’s just not her own. She’s the around-the-clock personal assistant to her charismatic, high-maintenance, New Age guru brother, Tag. As the family wallflower, her only worth seems to be as gatekeeper to Tag at his New England seaside compound. Then Deirdre’s sometime boyfriend informs her that he is marrying another woman, who just happens to be having the baby he told Deirdre he never wanted. While drowning her sorrows in Tag's expensive vodka, Deirdre decides to use his massive online following to get herself voted on as a last-minute Dancing with the Stars replacement. It’ll get her back in shape, mentally and physically. It might even get her a life of her own. Deirdre’s fifteen minutes of fame have just begun.
  • Touchstone | 
  • 304 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781451672770 | 
  • May 2013
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Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for Wallflower in Bloom includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Claire Cook. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.


Deirdre Griffin is more than ready for her fifteen minutes of fame. After years spent launching her brother Tag into the celebrity stratosphere as a New Age guru, Deirdre resents sacrificing her own life to keep him in the spotlight. Throw in two meddling Deadhead parents, two sisters, and an on-again-off-again boyfriend who announces he’s getting married (to someone else), and Deirdre is ready for a fresh start. Borrowing Tag’s fans to submit herself as a last-minute replacement on Dancing With the Stars, Deirdre finds herself in unfamiliar territory—in the spotlight. 

Topics & Questions for Discussion

1. Discuss the sibling relationships in Wallflower in Bloom—How does birth order influence Deirdre and her siblings’ personalities? How they treat one another? What is the worst thing one of your siblings has ever done to you

2. How does Deirdre’s own self-pity hold her back? What do ot see more

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About the Author

Claire Cook
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Claire Cook

Claire Cook wrote her first novel in her minivan when she was forty-five. At fifty, she walked the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of the film adaptation of her second novel, Must Love Dogs, starring Diane Lane and John Cusack. She is the bestselling author of nine other novels and divides her time between the suburbs of Atlanta and Boston. Visit her at ClaireCook.com.


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