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Wearing Purple
     

Wearing Purple

by Lydia Lewis Alexander
 

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In 1989 we four friends, all living in different parts of the country, decided to form a working circle and write letters to each other to explore our thoughts and feelings about our current life experiences. We were friends holding hands through the experience of growing older, while seeking and finding the emerging possibilities of our lives. This book is a

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In 1989 we four friends, all living in different parts of the country, decided to form a working circle and write letters to each other to explore our thoughts and feelings about our current life experiences. We were friends holding hands through the experience of growing older, while seeking and finding the emerging possibilities of our lives. This book is a selection of those letters "about our joy, sadness, loss, fulfillment, laughter, and tears."

These four women met in 1954 at Talledega College (one of the country's forty historically black colleges) and began an enduring friendship that continues to sustain them more than forty years later. All with accomplished careers, two in long, joyful marriages, one divorced, one widowed, and each a mother (with six sons-no daughters-among them), their intimate letters discuss everything. E-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g!
By sharing their letters in a book, Lydia, Marilyn, Otis, and Mildred reassure us that we are all extraordinary, that we are all spiritual con-querors in our "ordinary" lives—with help from our friends!

Their ever-growing closeness, cultivated since their teens and early twenties, reminds us to value our friendships, whatever our age.
And, as they enjoy their late fifties, these four women not only give voice to a generation no longer young in years, but they also exuberantly redefine what it means to grow older.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
These four middle-aged African American women, all professionals in their fields, first met in 1954 at Alabama's Talladega College and in 1989 formed a "working circle" of support for one another. In addition to meeting twice a year and participating in conference calls, they have corresponded for the past seven years. The warm and affecting letters collected here testify to the deep devotion they hold for one another, as well as the concerns they share, including love relationships, children, the aging process, career issues and the death of close family members and friends. Patterson and Owens are both in long-term marriages and frequently refer to the power of the marital bond, while Alexander, a widow, and Harper, a divorcee, describe their lives as single women. Although they refer to episodes of discrimination they have faced as African American women, the emphasis here is on their experiences as females and how having close women friends has enhanced their lives. Their letters should appeal to women interested in friendship with their fellow women. Photos. (Dec.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780609801741
Publisher:
Random House, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/28/1998
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.56(w) x 8.28(h) x 0.61(d)

Meet the Author

Lydia Lewis Alexander, Ed.D, is an associate professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She lives in Bessemer, Alabama.

Marilyn Hill Harper, M.D., is a clinical professor at The University of California San Francisco Medical School; she lives in San Francisco.

Otis Holloway Owens, M.A., is an assistant vice president at the University of North Florida; she lives in Jacksonville.

Mildred Lucas Patterson, M.A.,is a motivational reading specialist; she lives in University City, Missouri.

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