Possessing the Secret of Joy

Possessing the Secret of Joy

eBook - 1992
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After undergoing a brutal procedure of female genital mutilation in Africa, Tashi, a tribal African woman first glimpsed in The Color Purple, immigrates to the United States and, following her struggles to undertand her past, eventually discovers the secret of joy.
Publisher: New York, NY : Open Road Integrated Media, c1992.
ISBN: 9781453224007
1453224009
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Summary: After undergoing a brutal procedure of female genital mutilation in Africa, Tashi, a tribal African woman first glimpsed in The Color Purple, immigrates to the United States and, following her struggles to undertand her past, eventually discovers the secret of joy.

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pridi_o
Mar 06, 2018

Profound. Moving. Beautifully written.

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Starpoem
Oct 19, 2017

Alice Walker is one of my favorite writers. Her writing style calls to mind the surprising phrase "complex simplicity." This book is a good example of complex simplicity: it is a quick read at under 300 pages, yet it is so poetic and so thought-provoking.

I first read Possessing the Secret of Joy when it came out in the 1990's, and I admired it for the light it shines on the traumatizing, yet culturally ingrained, practice of FGM. Now, 25 years later, FGM continues to make headlines in the news, and this novel remains relevant.

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