By the Light of My Father's Smile

By the Light of My Father's Smile

A Novel

Book - 1998
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The story of an American family--would-be writer Susannah, her sister Magdalena, and her parents--who take up life with an endangered mixed race of Black Indians in the Mexican Sierras, explores how a woman's denied sexuality leads to a loss of self and the sexual healing of the soul.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c1998.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780375501524
Branch Call Number: FIC Walke 3578au 1
FIC Walke
Characteristics: 222 p.


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Mar 26, 2017

Alice Walker’s writings are beautifully poetic and have a spiritual sensibility that is grounded in raw life. At the heart of this story is sexuality, as we observe a number of human relationships and the pain unwittingly caused, particularly due to patriarchal father-daughter situations. And yet, I couldn’t let myself get swept into it, having the sense that Walker was using the characters as her mouth-piece for her ideas. I normally like shifting points of view in a story, but in this case it happened every few pages, and jumped around in past/present as well as earth locations to the hereafter … too fragmented for my liking despite the food for thought she presented.

Jun 25, 2014

Given the book was almost entirely about, well you know, I wasn't exactly enthralled. But, for some reason, i couldn't quit reading.

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