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The Way Forward Is with a Broken Heart (Ballantine Reader's Circle)by Alice Walker
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"These are the stories that came to me to be told after the close of a magical marriage to an extraordinary man that ended in a less-than-magical divorce. I found myself unmoored, unmated, ungrounded in a way that challenged everything I'd ever thought about human relationships. Situated squarely in that terrifying paradise called freedom, precipitously out on so many emotional limbs, it was as if I had been born; and in fact I was being reborn as the woman I was to become."
So says Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker about her beautiful new book, in which "one of the best American writers today" (The Washington Post) gives us superb stories based on rich truths from her own experience. Imbued with Walker's wise philosophy and understanding of people, the spirit, sex and love, The Way Forward Is with a Broken Heart begins with a lyrical, autobiographical story of a marriage set in the violent and volatile Deep South during the early years of the civil rights movement. Walker goes on to imagine stories that grew out of the life following that marriagea life, she writes, that was "marked by deep sea-changes and transitions." These provocative stories showcase Walker's hard-won knowledge of love of many kinds and of the relationships that shape our lives, as well as her infectious sense of humor and joy. Filled with wonder at the power of the life force and of the capacity of human beings to move through love and loss and healing to love again, The Way Forward Is with a Broken Heart is an enriching, passionate book by "a lavishly gifted writer" (The New York Times Book Review).
From the Hardcover edition.
"Passionate, funny, and touching...the best book in years from Walker and a must-read." The Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Walker is capable of surprisingly complex insights into the tenuity of desire and marriage, the saving grace of friendship and the ambivalent experiences of African Americans since the civil rights movement....[She] addresses questions like 'At what point...did you lost connection with the people you loved?' And how do you reconnect? Her answers are...never without faith in our capacity for emotional redemption." The New York Times Book Review
"Walker's passion lives on every page....[Her] fans will relish every word." Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
Fictional stories based on Walker's life, "The Way Forward Is with a Broken Heart" is a wise and moving treasure about love and life by the author of "The Color Purple" and "By the Light of My Father's Smile."
About the Author
Alice Walker won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for her novel The Color Purple, which was precedded by The Third Life of Grange Copeland and Meridian. Her other bestselling novels include By the Light of My Father's Smile, 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 collections of poetry, and several children's books. Her books have been translated into more than two dozen languages. Born in Eatonton, Georgia, she now lives in Northern California.
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