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A Love Letter from a Stray Moon
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Frida Kahlo transformed the emotional and physical pain of her life into art. Her paintings make visible the invisible, interior experiences of many women. They speak of loss, loneliness, her struggle to have children, her lovers, a bus accident that shattered her body and spirit. But they are also full of passion and warmth, each canvas a defiant celebration of what it is to be human. A Love Letter from a Stray Moon reimagines the exceptional life and uncompromising art of Frida Kahlo, and does so allegorically, using Kahlo as a cipher for the experiences of the women - including the author - who identify with her. Much more than the portrait of an artist, this is a vision that resonates with grief, rebellion and transcendence. It is the story of many different women chanelled through the journey of one.
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Jay Griffiths is author of Pip Pip: A Sideways Look at Time, Wild: An Elemental Journey and Kith: The Riddle of the Childscape. She is the winner of the Orion Book Award and the Barnes & Noble Discover Award for the best new non-fiction writer. She has also been shortlisted for the Orwell Prize and a World Book Day award. She lives in Wales.

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'A wonderful book. It's like a dress that Kahlo invented for herself.' JOHN BERGER 'A stunning allegory about love, art and revolution. She makes every word, every scene, in this passionate narrative count. It's brilliant work.' BARRY LOPEZ 'Through Griffiths we hear the voice of Frida Kahlo herself, as if she were speaking directly to us. It's like reading poetry inside a great biographical novel.' MARIE DARRIEUSSECQ 'A crafted freedom that feels made from the mist of dreams and a very real emerging dawn ... It is a book for men to read on women and for women to read on men. I am transported and transformed; I feel lucky to have read it and it leaves me in awe.' LEMN SISSAY 'There's something entirely tropical about the uncompromising richness and intensity of the story, and yet it is a story: there is a strong narrative pulse. There are few people who can write stories like this, though. Jay Griffiths is a fearless adventurer with words and images. I salute her courage and the splendour of this vision.' PHILIP PULLMAN 'Rich, honed and intense, a fierce, compelling homage' THE AGE, AUSTRALIA 'An extraordinarily beautiful and sustained prose poem, a call for engagement with the world, and a powerful and astonishing feat of literary and retroactive telepathy. It is a book about possession, in many forms, each of which is sparked by a particular urgency; to comprehend, to celebrate, and to endure' NIALL GRIFFITHS 'Vivid as a bloom in the jungle, visionary as a flight over a desert, a love song to life on earth' JOAN LONDON 'A raw and confronting piece of poetic prose ... a fearless adventurer of words, Griffiths is in great form' SUNDAY HERALD, AUSTRALIA 'A love letter to human originality' MELANIE CHALLENGER

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