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"Superb...a work to stand beside literature of any time and place."
--San Francisco Chronicle, about The Color Purple
"Just when you think Alice Walker has empathized her way as far as any writer can go, she goes further....Each essay is a gift."
--Gloria Steinem, about Anything We Love Can Be Saved
"[Alice Walker] is exceptionally brave: She takes on subjects at which most writers would flinch and quail, and probably fail. She shrinks from no moral or emotional complexity, and she writes consummately skillful short stories....In Walker's work nothing is ordinary....She is a marvelous writer."
--San Francisco Chronicle, about You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down
"A writer of staggering talent."
--New York Newsday
|To My Young Husband|
|To My Young Husband||3|
|Orelia and John|
|There Was a River|
|There Was a River||105|
|Big Sister, Little Sister|
|Uncle Loaf and Auntie Putt-Putt||113|
|This Is How It Happened|
|This Is How It Happened||169|
|The Brotherhood of the Saved||175|
|The Way Forward Is with a Broken Heart|
|Epilogue: The Way Forward Is with a Broken Heart||197|
Called "one of the best American writers of today" by The Washington Post, Alice Walker is beloved, and The Way Forward Is with a Broken Heart, with its insights into Walker's own private life and philosophy, presents a side of the author her readers have not yet seen.
Read an excerpt and be sure to join us on Wednesday, October 11th at 7pm ET for our live chat with the author.
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?
Posted March 5, 2001
This book, as all Alice Walker's books are, was absolutly exquisite. Her use of language, imagry and experience made this book a pleasure to read. The personal letters from Walker to her 'Young Husband' were especially poigient. The ability of Walker to weave different characters and different story lines into one amazing novel once again demonstrates her unmatched talent as a writer. I highly recomend this, and all, of Alice Walker's books.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 23, 2001
I saw each short story as being significant to real life drama. Alice Walker made the reader think and you reminiscence about every love affair you've encountered. Walker allows you to remember how life was before the revolution. A critic, a fan, or just a plan old Malik or Moesha has to give credit where it's due with 'The Way Forward is with A Broken Heart.' Walker writes with no fear about the way it is and gives her blantant point of view. I honestly, love Alice Walker and her unique writing style.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 8, 2010
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