Gayle Brandeis is the author, most recently, of her first foray into horror, the novel in poems, Many Restless Concerns: The Victims of Countess Bathory Speak in Chorus (A Testimony).
Earlier books include the memoir The Art of Misdiagnosis: Surviving My Mother’s Suicide (Beacon Press), the poetry collection The Selfless Bliss of the Body (Finishing Line Press), the guide book Fruitflesh: Seeds of Inspiration for Women Who Write (HarperOne), and the novels The Book of Dead Birds (HarperCollins), which won the Bellwether Prize for Fiction of Social Engagement judged by Barbara Kingsolver, Toni Morrison, and Maxine Hong Kingston; Self Storage (Ballantine); Delta Girls (Ballantine); and My Life with the Lincolns (Henry Holt Books for Young Readers), which was chosen as a state-wide read in Wisconsin.
Her poetry, essays, and short fiction have been widely published in places such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, O (The Oprah Magazine), The Rumpus, Salon, Longreads, and more, and have received numerous honors, including a Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Award, Notable Essays in Best American Essays 2016, 2019 and 2020, the QPB/Story Magazine Short Story Award and the 2018 Multi Genre Maverick Writer Award. She served as Inlandia Literary Laureate from 2012–2014 and currently teaches at Sierra Nevada University and Antioch University Los Angeles.
“Although MANY RESTLESS CONCERNS illuminates the horror of absolute control over others, it also shines a beacon on the strength of women sharing their truths one by one, of spirits joining together to topple the seemingly untouchable. This work speaks to our own times, to our #metoo reckoning, to our power as survivors to take back our stories and reclaim the darkness. Oppression of any kind never holds, even if it takes the dead to bring it down. This book is a haunting, essential read for all uneasy souls.”—Laraine Herring
Read team member Cassie’s four star review at Goodreads.
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