– Joyce Maynard, author of Labor Day, a New York Times best-seller, and several other books, including her latest novel, The Bird Hotel
“It would be hard to name a memoir whose author faced greater challenges or overcame them more triumphantly….Gail Brenner Nastasia tells her story with unblinking honesty and—rare for a person who might well have been embittered by her childhood experiences—compassion for the many adults who failed her along the way….She writes with quiet power. No one who reads The Fruit You’ll Never See will ever forget it.”
THE FRUIT YOU'LL NEVER SEE
Growing up in Gloucester, Massachusetts, a quaint coastal town with a dark underbelly, Gail Brenner Nastasia learned early on that some people mattered and others didn’t. As the child of a heroin-addicted mother and an aunt who brokered deals with men who liked to have sex with young girls, Gail was sure she didn’t matter. As a result of keeping her secrets and those of her family, she developed a cunning and merciless pill addiction.
Despite moving away from Gloucester in her early twenties and becoming an attorney, Gail continued to use drugs while carrying the shame of her childhood. It wasn’t until she began to appreciate the value in her criminally-charged clients, those with whom she shared similar struggles, she was finally able to recognize her own worth. This new understanding gave her the courage to put down the drugs, fully embrace her history, and stop hiding.
A candid look at the things we inherit, THE FRUIT YOU’LL NEVER SEE reminds us of the value intrinsic in every human being and the responsibility we all have to each other and ourselves.
After practicing criminal defense for sixteen years, Gail Brenner Nastasia received her MFA from Emerson College in 2021. She is currently working on her second book while continuing her work in the legal field. Now in recovery from drug addiction for twenty years, Gail’s primary goal is to help others to recover from addiction. She is also the proud mother of three.