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The Breadth of a Tree is about an enduring search for spiritual freedom. First-time author I. Peaches Gillette courageously steps out into the world and allows herself to be seen through her profound and compassionate writing. This collection of poetry, letters, and transcriptions of dreams explores a wide range of emotions. It is a loving disclosure of deeply personal events that shaped the heart and soul of who Peaches has come to be. The Breadth of a Tree is about life and the thoughts, feelings, and words that provide a way to share that life with others.
About the Author
Peaches is the youngest of nine children born to Elizabeth Mae Hudson who, in 1942, left behind the severe oppression of the rural South and sought to create a better life in the North with her firstborn, then six years old. Peaches reflects on the lessons of love, faith, and courage she learned from her mother. Peaches draws on her experiences growing up in Park Slope, Brooklyn, during the sixties, seventies, and eighties. Her writing articulates a world of overt racism and other elements of the social and political upheaval of the times. She also touches on thirty-five years of experience as an arts-and-curriculum-enrichment educator for children in prekindergarten through middle school and moves into her present-day work as a chaplain to war veterans and incarcerated women.