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The Way Forward Is with a Broken Heart (Ballantine Reader's Circle)


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ISBN13: 9780345407955
ISBN10: 0345407954
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1. In the Jim Crow South, whites had daily, often intimate contact with blacks whom they trusted to work in their homes and care for their children. Given that context, what was their rationale for en-acting laws against interracial marriage?

2. What are some of the societal messages put forth about interracial relationships today?

3. How does the epistolary technique have an impact on the narrative in ÒTo My Young HusbandÓ?

4. What can be learned from the experiences of biracial children in an increasingly diverse society?

5. In ÒKindred SpiritsÓ the narrator makes reference to Cuban immi-grants in the United States. Discuss the Cuban revolution and its impact on American politics.

6. Discuss the relationship between Marcella, Angel, and Sally as depicted in ÒThere Was a River.Ó How would you handle such a scenario?

7. How is the subject of pornography addressed in ÒThe Brotherhood of the SavedÓ? Is it possible to limit access to pornography without breaching First Amendment rights?

8. If you brought your gift to Alice Walker, what would it be?

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divalikeangel, February 27, 2010 (view all comments by divalikeangel)
This book of short stories is amazing. the african culture that's bought out in these short stories oooh child. love them
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Product Details

Walker, Alice
Ballantine Books
New York
People of Color
20th century
Authors, American
African Americans
African-American women
African American women authors
African American authors
cultural heritage
General Fiction
Stories (single author)
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Trade paper
Ballantine Reader's Circle
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8.20x5.52x.55 in. .48 lbs.

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Product details 240 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780345407955 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Passionate, funny, and touching...the best book in years from Walker and a must-read."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "Walker's passion lives on every page....[Her] fans will relish every word."
"Synopsis" by , "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 marriage—a 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).

"Synopsis" by , 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."
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