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Work of Art: An Intention of Flowers

Posted on December 6, 2017 at 2:50 AM



About the Book


Title: Work of Art: An Intention of Flowers


Author: Ken La Salle


Genre: YA / Contemporary Fiction




Oily pavement.


Thick tempera paint.


A parking lot filled with history, fear, and regret.


A young man named Joseph Arillo sits in the parking lot and paints the pavement with flowers.


And Andy Hollis steps in it.


As the new art teacher at Santa Ana High School, he’s too curious about Joseph’s Flowers and unravels both of their lives in his pursuit for answers.


He learns that it’s all part of a rite of passage, an absurd test started by Joseph Arillo’s father, the suspiciously world-renowned artist named only Tom. Which also connects to the drama teacher at Santa Ana High, Katie Bustos. Whose daughter, Desiree, may or may not be dating Joseph. Who is putting himself in danger from a local gang, the lot’s mysterious history, and the police.


Andy puts himself in danger of losing his job, his home, and his freedom. If he can’t solve the riddle of Joseph’s Flowers, both of their lives will go up in smoke – despite any help from Winny, the old, Slovakian bureaucrat at school, or his students, or Tom himself.


But is Tom trying to help? And is Joseph really up to his father’s test?


And is Andy really fit to be a teacher? He doesn’t understand kids, can’t get to school on time, and… doesn’t appear to care about art or families or anything. But Joseph’s Flowers will challenge everything Andy believes: about himself, about the world, and most importantly of all about art.


Before Andy and Joseph are finished, they will witness the power art has to provide inspiration, to waken our hearts, and to shatter everything you ever believed about humanity.


An Intention of Flowers is the first book in a 5-book series, modestly titled Work of Art, about growing into the person you always wanted to be, making the most of what you have to give and not just what you have, and the power in each of us when we chose to be ourselves.


Author Bio




Author and occasional philosopher and monologist, Ken La Salle’s passion is intense humor, meaningful drama, and finding answers to the questions that define our lives. Ken La Salle grew up in Santa Ana, California and has remained in the surrounding area his entire life. He was raised with strong, blue collar roots, which have given his writing a progressive and environmentalist view. You can find a growing number of his books and performances available online. Find out more about Ken on his website at












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I remember watching a movie when I was a kid called Dangerous Minds, it was a about a teacher who goes into a high school to teach English to teenagers that were lost in the school system just passed along that most couldn't even read very well. I remember it had me on edge wondering if they were going to graduate with their lack of skills.


Reading this book really had me interested, not that even compares to Dangerous Minds movie! I kept reading each page, wondering if I was going to be right about how the characters are connected, did the rite of passage work. Was it more in his head or was it more real than I thought. I don't want to give anything away from this book, because it touched my heart. I think this is a book all should read and hopefully open their minds. I enjoyed this book and I feel a connection with the characters like no other book I have read lately. Five pots of gold out of Five.

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Reply Ken La Salle
8:36 PM on December 15, 2017 
Thanks for your review of Work of Art: An Intention of Flowers!