Double Stitch: Black Women Write About Mothers and Daughters

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9780060975036: Double Stitch: Black Women Write About Mothers and Daughters

Maya Angelou provides the foreword for this collection of poetry, fiction, and memoir about mothers and daughters, written by such well-known black writers as Alice Walker, June Jordan, Audre Lorde, and others. Reprint. 35,000 first printing. $25,000 ad/promo.

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With a notable foreword by Maya Angelou, 47 of America's leading black feminists explore the richness and complexity of black mother-daughter relationships in this monumental work of scholarship, which includes poems, stories, and essays by Alice Walker, bell hooks, June Jordan, Audre Lorde, Sonia Sanchez, and others.

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. LC number unavailable. A-- Mother-daughter connections are explored by 48 black women writers in this volume of poetry, fiction, personal narratives, and essays. Framed within the quilt-making metaphor, these rich and varied voices strike equally rich and varied themes surrounding this relationship--the personal and cultural meanings, conflicts, nurturing, and the way they face separation and death. Newer writers join famous ones, such as Maya Angelou, Alice Walker, Belle Hanks, and June Jordan. The strengths of Double Stitch lie in its concentrated focus and its honesty; the writings probe deeply, exposing both the tenderness and the turbulence in concrete ways. While the strong church-going matriarch is present, so is the less-than-perfect mother in conflict with the less-than-respectful daughter. Some mothers fail, escaping into alcoholism and other destructions. The selections have been organized to show that just as the quilting process can run in several directions at once, so can the mother-daughter relationship. Because this focus produces a driving intensity, YAs will prefer it to Mary Washington's more diffuse Memory of Kin: Stories about Family by Black Writers (Doubleday, 1991), which touches on all kinds of family units. Whatever their ethnic origins, they will find much to consider here.
-Margaret C. Nolan, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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