Synopses & Reviews
In Now is the Time to Open Your Heart, Alice Walker has created a work that ranks among her finest achievements: the story of a woman's 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, emerging at a place where nothing remains but love. Told with the accessible style and deep feeling that are Alice Walker's hallmarks, Now Is the Time to Open Your Heart is her most mature achievement.
"Walker's dreamlike novel incorporates the political and spiritual consciousness and emotional style for which she is known and appreciated." Booklist
"An aging writer relates the lessons she's learned from life an unconvincing mix of the politically correct and fabulous while navigating the Colorado and Amazon rivers." Kirkus Reviews
"Alice Walker is a lavishly gifted writer." The New York Times Book Review
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Color Purple comes a beautiful new novel that is at once a deeply moving personal story and a powerful spiritual journey.