The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Color Purple, Possessing the Secret of Joy, and The Temple of My Familiar now gives us a beautiful new novel that is at once a deeply moving personal story and a powerful spiritual journey.
In Now Is the Time to Open Your Heart, Alice Walker has created a work that ranks among her ?nest achievements: the story of a womans spiritual adventure that becomes a passage through time, a quest for self, and a collision with love.
Kate has always been a wanderer. A well-published author, married many times, she has lived a life rich with explorations of the natural world and the human soul. Now, at fifty-seven, she leaves her lover, Yolo, to embark on a new excursion, one that begins on the Colorado River, proceeds through the past, and flows, inexorably, into the future. As Yolo begins his own parallel voyage, Kate encounters celibates and lovers, shamans and snakes, memories of family disaster and marital discord, and emerges at a place where nothing remains but love.
Told with the accessible style and deep feeling that are its authors hallmarks, Now Is the Time to Open Your Heart is Alice Walkers most surprising achievement.
ALICE WALKER won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award for her novel The Color Purple. Her other novels include By the Light of My Fathers Smile and Possessing the Secret of Joy. She is also the author of three collections of short stories, three collections of essays, five volumes of poetry, and several childrens books. Born in Eatonton, Georgia, Walker now lives in northern California.
leeatthesea, December 31, 2011 (view all comments by leeatthesea)
It is beyond pleasure to read anything by Alice Walker. Her words, so beautifully selected, immediately pull me deep into the always masterfully crafted story. She writes with so much fiery, often raw passion, that I find it impossible to not become completely immersed in the tale. “Now Is The Time To Open Your Heart” is such an exquisitely emotional, awe-inspiring journey … I just finished reading (wondering how I missed it as it was published several years ago!) and so enjoyed the read that I am reading it again … I whole-heartedly recommend this book …
Leslie Joseph, August 18, 2008 (view all comments by Leslie Joseph)
Alice Walker, as per her habit, has spun a tale that is at once magical and pragmatic. Her ability to capture the attention and imagination of a diverse audience is apparent, but the strength and message of her story never become watered down.
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