flesh of the peach


The title and epigraph of this novel of mine. Finished. At least for now (the Anne Carson quote is just so fitting. And Anne Carson! Anne Carson forever, of course)


I sent Flesh of the Peach off to my agent this morning. More edits are likely on the horizon. But for now, it’s done. Began in 2010. In Queens, New York, in a flat full of bedbugs. Worked on in Manhattan, then in Edinburgh. It is an international book in origin and in content. Now I can rest a little. Just a little, and D and I can work on finding ourselves a place to live and other trivial tasks and adventures.


Marking your little white milestones, I think, is a good thing to do when you are traveling without a road.



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9 responses to “Milestone

  1. david dunbar

    hooooray you !


    Traveler, there is no path.
    The path is made by walking.

    Traveller, the path is your tracks
    And nothing more.
    Traveller, there is no path
    The path is made by walking.
    By walking you make a path
    And turning, you look back
    At a way you will never tread again
    Traveller, there is no road
    Only wakes in the sea.”
    ¯ Antonio Machado, Border of a Dream: Selected Poems



    Date: Mon, 3 Jun 2013 10:53:44 +0000

  2. Wonderful news! Congratulations, Helen! And I LOVE the new title.

  3. I was thinking of that Machado poem as I read your post in my inbox this morning—then there it was only a click away. Hoorah for Helen. Yes.

  4. Great news, Helen. Best wishes, always!
    I love the title, too. What is more luscious than peach flesh…?

  5. WOOO HOOO! This is HUGE! I can feel the celebration from here! Yay, you!

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