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By the Light of My Father's Smile

by Walker, Alice

  • ISBN: 9780375501524
  • ISBN10: 0375501525

By the Light of My Father's Smile

by Walker, Alice

  • List Price: $22.95
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Random House Trade
  • Publish date: 01/01/2004
  • ISBN: 9780375501524
  • ISBN10: 0375501525
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Description: By the Light of My Father's Smile is a stunning, original and important book by "one of the best American writers of today". The Washington Post)

To an outpost in the remote Sierras in Mexico comes a family from the United States -- the writer-to-be, Susannah; her sister Magdalena; her father and mother. And they begin there, amidst the Mundo, an endangered band of mixed race Blacks and Indians, an encounter that will change them more than they could ever dream. Moving back and forth in time, and among unforgettable characters and their stories, Walker crosses conventional borders of all kinds as she explores in this magical novel the ways in which 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.

By the Light of My Father's Smile presents "a celebration of sexuality, its absolute usefulness in the accessing of one's mature spirituality, and the father's role in assuring joy or sorrow in this arena for his female children" (Alice Walker). It explores the richness and coherence of alternative cultures' experience of sexuality as a celebration of life, of trust in Nature and the Spirit, even as it affirms the belief, as Alice Walker says, "that it is the triumphant heart, not the conquered heart, that forgives. And that love is both timeless and beyond time".

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