Possessing the Secret of Joy

Possessing the Secret of Joy

Book - 1992
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The stunning New York Times bestseller from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Color Purple. A powerful novel about brutal misogyny . . . both horrifying and readable, angry and warmhearted, political and human . . . a novel that's strengthened, not strangled, by its political mission.--Newsweek.
Publisher: New York : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, c1992.
ISBN: 9780671789428
Characteristics: x, 286 p. ;,24 cm.


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Oct 19, 2017

Alice Walker is one of my favorite writers. Her writing style calls to mind the surprising phrase "complex simplicity." This book is a good example of complex simplicity: it is a quick read at under 300 pages, yet it is so poetic and so thought-provoking.

I first read Possessing the Secret of Joy when it came out in the 1990's, and I admired it for the light it shines on the traumatizing, yet culturally ingrained, practice of FGM. Now, 25 years later, FGM continues to make headlines in the news, and this novel remains relevant.

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