What Flowers Say by George Sand

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Roses plead to go out to dance; an old oak tree offers advice; paintings of gods and goddesses come alive. In What Flowers Say, renowned writer George Sand dares children to fantasize, to believe in an alternate world. This magical collection, originally penned for her grandchildren, calls into question what is real, a life lesson from someone who refused to accept the gender roles available to women in the nineteenth century. Sand shares her love and immense knowledge of science and mythology, engages issues of class and character, and captures the wonder and determination of a curious child, offering all of us a true sense of infinite possibilities—well beyond the world we live in.

George Sand (1804–76) is considered the first professional woman writer of fiction. She wrote many novels, including Indiana and Léila, plays, newspaper articles, and a memoir, Story of My Life. The movie Impromptu is based on her life.

Molly Crabapple is a painter, illustrator, and writer based in New York. She has written many books, including Discordia and Week in Hell, and produced work on subjects including the Spanish general strike, her former career as a pinup model, her arrest during Occupy Wall Street, and her visit to Guantanamo Bay. Her illustrated memoir, Drawing Blood, is forthcoming in 2015.


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Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin (1804-1876), later Baroness Dudevant wrote highly-acclaimed novels and memoirs under the pseudonym George Sand. Her best known works include Indiana, Léila, and Story of My Life. The film Impromptu(1991) with Judy Davis is based on her life. She had two children, Solange and Maurice, and four grandchildren, for whom she wrote What Flowers Say and Other Stories. Molly Crabapple is an artist and writer living in New York. Her work engages subculture, politics, and rebellion. Crabapple’s 2013 solo exhibition, Shell Game, a series of large-scale paintings about the revolutions of 2011, led to her being called “Occupy’s greatest artist” by Rolling Stone, and “an emblem of the way that art could break out of the gilded gallery” by The New Republic. Crabapple is a columnist for VICE, and has written for The New York Times, The Paris Review, CNN, The Guardian, The Daily Beast, Jacobin, and Der Spiegel. Her illustrated memoir, Drawing Blood will be published by Harper Collins in 2015.
Published November 17, 2014 by The Feminist Press at CUNY. 224 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction