Synopses & Reviews
If you want to tap into your most authentic source of creativity -- if you hunger to express yourself, to free the stories that swirl within you -- thenFruitflesh was writtenfor you. Structured around the growing cycle -- seeds, roots, trunk, branches, leaves, buds, flowers, and fruit -- this exquisite writing guide will encourage your self-awareness and confidence as a writer.
Drawing on the metaphor of the fruitfulness of women's bodies, author and poet Gayle Brandeis helps women gain access to their prolific power as the wellspring of great writing. "Give your fruitflesh the chance to express itself," urges Brandeis, "reclaim itself, honor and celebrate itself over and over again, both in your body and on the page. You are your own source of creative renewal."
Each section of this delightful guide begins and ends with a "Fruitflesh Meditation" -- an exercise centered on a particular fruit that will inspire, challenge, and provoke you to bring your body into the act of writing, adding a winsome, satisfying dimension to the creative process. Enlightening, witty, groundbreaking, and including many practical lessons, this distinctive approach to writing will take you out of drudgery and into the true source of your creative power.
"In Fruitflesh: Seeds of Inspiration for Women Who Write, Gayle Brandeis uses the metaphor of fruit to invite women to write using all of their embodied sensuality....The book is beautifully written, with gorgeous usage of language and metaphor, but its ultimate effect seems abstract despite Brandeis's emphasis on rootedness and embodiment." Publishers Weekly
"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
“Beautifully written, with gorgeous usage of language and metaphor.” Publishers Weekly
"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
“Fruitflesh calls for some very juicy feasting!” Sark, author of Succulent Wild Woman
“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
Get Your Creative Juices Flowing
A sumptuous, sensuous writing guide from the author of the award-winning The Book of Dead Birds
About the Author
Gayle Brandeis is an award-winning author and poet whose work has appeared in Salon, HipMama, and numerous other places. She lives in Southern California with her husband and two children.