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By the Light of My Father's Smile

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By the Light of My Father's Smile is Alice Walker's first novel in six years--a stunning, original, and important book by "one of the best American writers of today" (The Washington Post).

A family from the United States goes to the remote Sierras in Mexico--the writer-to-be, Susannah; her sister, Magdalena; her father and mother. And there, amid an endangered band of mixed-race Blacks and Indians called the Mundo, they begin an encounter that will change them more than they could ever dream. Moving back and forth in time, and among unforgettable characters and their stories, Walker crosses conventional borders of all kinds as she explores in this magical novel the ways in which a woman's denied sexuality leads to the loss of the much prized and necessary original self; and how she regains that self, even as her family's past of lies and love is transformed.

By the Light of My Father's Smile presents, as Alice Walker puts it, "a celebration of sexuality, its absolute usefulness in the accessing of one's mature spirituality, and the father's role in assuring joy or sorrow in this arena for his female children." It explores the richness and coherence of alternative culture, experience of sexuality as a celebration of life, of trust in Nature and the Spirit, even as it affirms the belief, as Walker says, "that it is the triumphant heart, not the conquered heart, that forgives. And that love is both timeless and beyond time."

About the Author

Alice Walker won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award for her novel The Color Purple. Her other bestselling novels include Possessing the Secret of Joy and The Temple of My Familiar. She is also the author of two collections of short stories, three collections of essays, five volumes of poetry, and several children's books. Her books have been translated into more than two dozen languages. Born in Eatonton, Georgia, Walker now lives in Northern California.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375501524
Author:
Walker, Alice
Publisher:
Random House Trade
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Afro-americans
Subject:
Mexico
Subject:
Indians of mexico
Subject:
Mexico Fiction.
Subject:
Indians of Mexico -- Mixed descent -- Fiction.
Subject:
Afro-American -- Fiction.
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Publication Date:
September 1998
Binding:
Trade Cloth
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
222
Dimensions:
9.56x6.43x.97 in. 1.14 lbs.

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