From Publishers Weekly
When she was a senior in high school, Gayle Brandeis had an epiphany with a strawberry: instructed by a teacher to really look at the fruit, she wondered if she had every really looked at anything before. The poem she wrote that day "launched" her onto her "life's path" and changed her writing forever. In Fruitflesh: Seeds of Inspiration for Women Who Write, Brandeis uses fruit as a metaphor for sensual and creative exploration and women's bodies, too to meld writing advice and exercises with meditations that use produce to illuminate prose. ("Let your writing be like this feast [of a mango] bold, sensual, unapologetic.") Cynics and skeptics beware: with its garden-lush prose and fervent guilelessness, this is a book for the open-hearted believer.
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“Fruitflesh calls for some very juicy feasting!” (Sark, author of Succulent Wild Woman)
“Anyone immersing herself in Fruitflesh is sure to find her writing liberated, and enriched by the many stimulating exercises.” (Susan Perry, Ph.D., author of Writing in Flow)
"Gayle Brandeis shows us how to write sense-soaked prose and poetry that celebrates the embodiment of the life!" (Oriah Mountain Dreamer, author of The Invitation and The Dance)
“Beautifully written, with gorgeous usage of language and metaphor.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Lyrical, imaginative, beautifully crafted, and deeply intelligent. Before anything else, its characters take you by the heart.” (--Barbara Kingsolver on The Book of Dead Birds)
“[It] has an edgy beauty that enhances perfectly the seriousness of its contents.” (--Toni Morrison on The Book of Dead Birds)
“THE BOOK OF DEAD BIRDS is a story of healing--a skillful, textured weaving of dark and light.” (--Donna M. Gershten, author of Kissing the Virgin's Mouth, on The Book of Dead Birds)
“A moving and perceptive first novel.” (-- O magazine on The Book of Dead Birds)