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Fruitflesh: Seeds of Inspiration for Women Who Write Paperback – May 4, 2004
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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)
About the Author
Gayle Brandeis is the author of The Book of Dead Birds, the winner of Barbara Kingsolver's Bellwether Prize, an award in support of a literature of social change. Reviewers have highly praised this, her first novel, and Toni Morrison said: "It has an edgy beauty that enhances perfectly the seriousness of its contents." She is also the author. Fruitflesh: Seeds of Inspiration for Women Who Write.
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Gayle Brandeis is an award-winning author and poet with a gift for choosing poems and quotes which insist on a response from the reader. When I pick up this book and thumb through it, I HAVE to write! If the poems don't get you, then her questions or examples from her own life will. For instance, this poem by Marge Piercy, followed by Brandeis' prompts:
In her bottled up is a woman peppery as curry,
a yam of a woman of butter and brass,
compounded of acid and sweet like a pineapple,
like a hand grenade set to explode,
like goldenrod ready to bloom.
What woman is bottled up inside of you? What woman is ready to explode or bloom under your skin? Write from the voice of the woman who simmers inside you, the woman who hasn't been fully born, fully released yet. What does this woman want to tell you? How can you help her find her way into the world?"
Have you grabbed a pen and notebook yet? This distinctive, unique approach to journal writing is bound to jolt you out of your complacency and drudgery--and you will never look at fruit the same way again! Let Gayle have the last words, from the final paragraph of her juicy book: "What seedlings are sprouting inside you? Let them grow; continue to nourish them as they push their way into the light. Keep listening to your own inner impulses. Let yourself be witness to your own gorgeous unfolding."
by Carolyn Blankenship
for Story Circle Book Reviews
reviewing books by, for, and about women
It's a feast, and halfway through Fruitflesh, you can almost feel the juice of a peach running down your chin.
Excellent. It's easy to see that the author is also a poet.
Gina Greenlee, author of Hush Life, a fiction debut