The bestselling novel from the beloved author of Writing Down the Bones, Wild Mind, and Long Quiet Highway is now available in paperback for the first time. With a half-million copies in print of her three remarkable books of nonfiction, Natalie Goldberg has inspired a generation of writers with her insight, humor, and empathy. Subtly hilarious and achingly raw, her first novel Banana Rose has rewarded her devoted fans while attracting a whole new readership to her work.
Banana Rose is the story of Nell Schwartz, a Brooklyn-born Jewish girl who moves to the Taos of communes and sweet cedar smoke, transforms herself into Banana Rose (because she’s “bananas”), falls in love with a horn player named Gauguin, and believes they can stop time if they just love hard enough. It’s also about Nell and Anna, a strange-eyed writer as lonely as the Nebraska farm where she grew up, whose kisses taste like raspberries and who teaches Nell what it means to be an artist. But most of all, Banana Rose is about Nell’s struggle with her own wild heart, with the demands of canvas and paint, with her family and faith, and with her irrepressible longing for home.
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“I’d read anything Natalie Goldberg writes…. After reading Banana Rose, you’ll be wondering if you haven’t just had a pure glimpse of Natalie herself, and you’ll be wanting to rush to Taos to visit the candy store where . . . ‘You don’t buy anything here. You just stop in.’”
—Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D., author of “Women Who Run With the Wolves”