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Swimming Naked with Jellyfish, winner 2009 Eric Hoffer Book Award-Montaigne Medal Finalist Award For Thought Provoking Books and For Excellence in Independent Publishing.Shelley Gilberts prose is wonderfully vivid and straightforward...theMoreSwimming Naked with Jellyfish, winner 2009 Eric Hoffer Book Award-Montaigne Medal Finalist Award For Thought Provoking Books and For Excellence in Independent Publishing.Shelley Gilberts prose is wonderfully vivid and straightforward...the writing is compelling...page-turner Little, Brown and CompanyShelley Gilbert is a wonderful writer...brave, intelligent, dazzling. Benjamin CheeverFresh new voice...edgy...confiding...seductive...confident. Powerful... passionate...tragic autobiographical novel. James H. CaseThe best piece of writing on orgasm I have ever in my life read. Its hard to write a great sex scene. It was raw, quirky, individual, original, impossible to forget, and contains the best description of the experience of having an orgasm. Susan Grossman, EditorSwimming Naked with Jellyfish is the coming-of-age story of a girl who hates semicolons, loves extremes and lives her life exposed.IRIS ANDREA, with her fathers defiant spirit, confronts her grief over the rapid loss of family members by writing her memoir. She flashes back to her early life growing up in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, New York in the 1950s and 60s. She unearths intense childhood anger for her beloved, tyrant father, withdrawn mother and jealous sister. Iris describes how childhood encounters with her violent father forge her backbone into a thunderbolt. How her freedom-loving nature rebels against the trapped submissive females of her family and how she seeks to escape with the uninhibited males. She discloses all her firsts, an insecure and sensually budding adolescence throbbing in the birth of Rock and Roll, her taste in men, her shame and attempted suicide, failed marriage, her great passion, and tragedy. In this powerful memoir, Iris begins to discover and maintain her identity, her sense of self and self-worth. As the dust settles, she finds love for her family is also hiding in the belly of her heart. Iris realizes that she is always searching to fill the holes in her soul.