A Love Letter from a Stray Moon

A Love Letter from a Stray Moon


A fictionalised portrait of the intense and prolific life of artist Frida Kahlo from the bestselling author of Wild and Kith

'A wonderful book. It's like a dress that Kahlo invented for herself and wore' John Berger

'I am transported and transformed; I feel lucky to have read it and it leaves me in awe' Lemn Sissay

"I am Frida but also I am not Frida. I am her paintings and the nature of her love. I am her shadow. I am many women, I answer to many names, any who knows grief. I am all the phases of the moon, I am all her qualities."

In beautifully lyrical language, Jay Griffiths explores the artist Frida Kahlo's childhood polio, her devastating accident and her turbulent relationship with Diego Rivera, painting a vivid and unique picture of passion, grief and transcendence.

A Love Letter From a Stray Moonis a celebration of rebellion - from Frida's own politics to the present-day Zapatistas - and a hymn to the revolutionary fire at the heart of art.

'A rich and extraordinary vision. Jay Griffiths is a fearless adventurer with words and images. I salute her courage and the splendour of this vision' Philip Pullman

'Extraordinarily beautiful . . . 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

'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

'Vivid as a bloom in the jungle, visionary as a flight over a desert, a love song to life on earth'
Joan London

About the author

Jay Griffiths

Jay Griffiths is the author of Tristimania: A Diary of Manic Depression, Wild: An Elemental Journey; Pip Pip: A Sideways Look at Time; A Love Letter from a Stray Moon and Kith: The Riddle of the Childscape. She won the Barnes and Noble Discover Award for the best new non-fiction writer in the USA, and the Orion Book Award. She has also been shortlisted for the Orwell Prize and a World Book Day award.
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