Possessing the Secret of Joy: A Novel (Paperback)Alice Walker (author)
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From the author the New York Times Book Review calls "a lavishly gifted writer," this is the searing story of Tashi, a tribal African woman first glimpsed in The Color Purple whose fateful decision to submit to the tsunga's knife and be genitally mutilated leads to a trauma that informs her life and fatefully alters her existence. Possessing the Secret of Joy, out of print for a number of years, was the first novel to deal with this controversial topic and managed to do so in a manner that Cosmopolitan called "masterful, honorable, and unforgettable storytelling." The New Press is proud to bring the book back into print with a new preface by the author addressing the book's initial reception and the changed attitudes toward female genital mutilation that have come about in part because of this book.
Publisher: The New Press
Number of pages: 286
Weight: 354 g
Dimensions: 208 x 140 mm
"Extraordinarily courageous and chilling . . . Walker's remarkable compassion rings on every page." -Cosmopolitan
"Remarkable . . . superb fiction." -New York Daily News
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