By the Light of My Father's Smile (eBook)


Description


A family from the United States goes to the remote Sierras in Mexico--Susannah, the writer-to-be; her sister, Magdalena; and their father and mother. There, amid an endangered band of mixed-race blacks and Indians called the Mundo, they begin an encounter that will change them more than they could ever dream.

Moving back and forth in time, and among unforgettable characters and their magical stories, Walker brilliantly explores the ways in which a woman's denied sexuality leads to the loss of the much prized and necessary original self--and how she regains that self, even as her family's past of lies and love is transformed. . . .

About the Author


Alice Walker won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award for her novel The Color Purple.  Her other bestselling novels include Possessing the Secret of Joy and The Temple of My Familiar.  She is also the author of two collections of short stories, three collections of essays, five volumes of poetry, and several children's books.  Her books have been translated into more than two dozen languages.  Born in Eatonton, Georgia, Walker now lives in Northern California.

Praise for By the Light of My Father's Smile…


"A jubilant novel . . . [An] evocative family tale of love, passion, and forgiveness."
--San Francisco Chronicle

"[THIS] POWERFUL STORY IS ABOUT LOVE, FORGIVENESS, PASSION AND BEING TRUE TO YOURSELF."
--Detroit Free Press

"HUGELY ORIGINAL, BY THE LIGHT OF MY FATHER'S SMILE HAS MORE THAN A HINT OF INCANTATORY MAGIC ABOUT IT. . . . Light explores what happens--to an entire family--when a daughter cannot forgive her father for a single, hypocritical, soul-crushing act. It explores the dangerous bonds of fidelity between sisters, lovers, memories. . . . Walker's language is sensual and at the same time delightfully precise. . . . Political, immodest, astonishing by turns, [this novel] once again demonstrates Walker's gigantic talent."
--The Baltimore Sun

"PROVOCATIVE . . . A BEGUILING STORY OF DIFFICULT FATHER-DAUGHTER BONDS AND STAR-CROSSED LOVERS."
--People

BY THE LIGHT OF MY FATHER'S SMILE "FULFILLS A READER'S NEED FOR WISDOM. . . . WRITTEN IN AT LEAST TWO DIMENSIONS AND ACROSS DECADES."
--Los Angeles Times Book Review

"ALICE WALKER IS A LAVISHLY GIFTED WRITER."
--The New York Times Book Review

Product Details ISBN-13: 9780307816955
Published: Ballantine Books, 03/07/2012
Language: en


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