"These are the stories that came to me to be told after the close of a magical marriage to an extraordinary man that ended in a less-than-magical...more
"These are the stories that came to me to be told after the close of a magical marriage to an extraordinary man that ended in a less-than-magical divorce. I found myself unmoored, unmated, ungrounded in a way that challenged everything I'd ever thought about human relationships. Situated squarely in that terrifying paradise called freedom, precipitously out on so many emotional limbs, it was as if I had been born; and in fact I was being reborn as the woman I was to become."So says Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker about her beautiful new book, in which "one of the best American writers today" (The Washington Post) gives us superb stories based on rich truths from her own experience. Imbued with Walker's wise philosophy and understanding of people, the spirit, sex and love, The Way Forward Is with a Broken Heart begins with a lyrical, autobiographical story of a marriage set in the violent and volatile Deep South during the early years of the civil rights movement. Walker goes on to imagine stories that grew out of the life following that marriage—a life, she writes, that was "marked by deep sea-changes and transitions." These provocative stories showcase Walker's hard-won knowledge of love of many kinds and of the relationships that shape our lives, as well as her infectious sense of humor and joy. Filled with wonder at the power of the life force and of the capacity of human beings to move through love and loss and healing to love again, The Way Forward Is with a Broken Heart is an enriching, passionate book by "a lavishly gifted writer" (The New York Times Book Review).From the Hardcover edition. less
i loved this book because it was a door into a world that i wanted to know and understand. her writing is so big hearted and honest and elegant, while being gritty and natural. i don't know how she does it.
Love the short stories. The title says it all. But have to say, sometimes difficult to relate to the issues of black women in America and how they see the world around them. It's so foreign, but guess that's part of the fascination.
No matter if you argee with what is being written are not, you will find something to idenify with in this book. At times I have thought as a white female I shouldn't be reading, but a lot of the struggles Ms. Walkers speaks of I too can identify with. I am enjoying this book!