When Alice Walker finished writing The Color Purple she realised that she needed to tell the story of Tashi, a minor character, who had 'left Africa but had taken her wound with her to America'. This is Tashi's story, told in her words and the voices of the people who loved her. This extraordinarily courageous and compelling novel explores the tragic consequences of Tashi's decision to go through the female intiation ceremony.
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Alice Walker is the author of the novels The Color Purple, which won the Pulitzer Prize, The Temple of My Familiar, Meridian, The Third Life of Grange Copeland; two collections of short stories, In Love & Trouble, You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down; and five volumes of poetry, Once, Revolutionary Petunias, Good Night Willie Lee, I'll See You In The Morning, Horses Make a Landscape Look More Beautiful, and Her Blue Body Everything We Know. She lives and teaches in San Francisco.From AudioFile:
Tashi-Evelyn Johnson, the African heroine of Possessing the Secret of Joy, submits to the ritual female circumcision and spends the rest of her life trying to understand its meaning and live with its consequences. This story, which is told from the different perspectives of Tashi and her family, flows from one character's recollection to another, not always chronologically. Having two exceptional readers, Alice Walker and Joe Morton, helps the listener differentiate between the characters. Both speak in pleasant, well-modulated voices, and Morton is particularly adept in conveying different accents. Enchanting music from an embaire, an African log xylophone, signals the end of each cassette. A.A.B. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description Trafalgar Square, 1993. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 99268817