The Eye of the Moon
by Shelley Davidow
What Authors say about
The Eye of the Moon:
“Shelley Davidow’s extraordinary, lyrical prose is dense with fragrance, eroticism, and the poetry of recalled passion. The short sections read like perfect snapshots of the past, holding a rhythm and deep sensuality reminiscent of French writers like Monique Wittig and Helene Sixous, whose work this memoir joins as a classic feminist tale–a gem of wisdom and beauty.
“In this important memoir, Davidow’s personal history lives alongside the unfolding, violent history of her homeland, South Africa. Her own particular coming-of-age story walks the steaming red earth of that land….”
—Judith Barrington, author of Writing the Memoir and Lifesaving
“Daring. Courageous. Brilliant. Beautiful. Scrupulously truthful. The Eye of the Moon is unlike anything I’ve ever read, and so astonishingly good I don’t think I’ll ever forget it.”
—Molly Gloss, author of The Jump-Off Creek, The Dazzle of Day, and Wild Life.
“Shelley Davidow has built a mandala, with truth as the single bright bead at the center. This artist walks unblinking through the paradoxes of the colonization of both hemispheres, finding her way through the clashing gates of story and silence, of courage and fear—whichever way the moon faces—by an earth-rooted belief in love. She leaves us awed, breathing in time with her voice, holding this gift like ripe mangos, completed and circling on.”
—Bette Lynch Husted, author of Above the Clearwater —Living on Stolen Land
From the author’s website:
Shelley Davidow was born in Johannesburg, South Africa where she grew up. Her young adult book In the Shadow of Inyangani was nominated for the first African Writer’s Prize by Macmillan/Picador and BBC World. The author of numerous books for children and young adults, she now lives in Florida, USA.