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Ballantine Books 1999 0345434552 / 9780345434555 Paperback Very Good+ 
Walker's first novel since Possessing the Secret of Joy (1992) tells the st ory of two daughters who overcome the sexual repression forced on them by t heir anthropologist father. In the early 1940s, the Robinson family travels to rural Mexico, where Mr. Robinson (who, unnamed, narrates most of the no vel from beyond the grave) and his wife, Langley, are studying a doomed peo ple known as the Mundo, the wise, egalitarian descendants of escaped slaves and Indians. 
Price: 400.00 JPY
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Washington Square Press 1997 0671789457 / 9780671789459 Paperback Very Good 
Prompted by misguided loyalty to the customs of her people, Tashi Johnson, a tribal African woman living in North America, endures a severely traumati zing tribal initiation rite of passage, an experience that affects her sens e of identity. 
Price: 500.00 JPY
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Pocket 1993 0671789422 / 9780671789428 Paperback Very Good+ 
A peripheral character in The Color Purple and The Temple of My Familiar ( LJ 3/15/88), Tashi becomes the focus of this welcome new work. Tashi, who m arries Celie's son Adam, submits to female circumcision partially out of lo yalty to the threatened tribal customs of her people, the Olinka. As a resu lt, she endures physical pain and long-lasting emotional trauma. Not a symp athetically drawn victim, the tortured Tashi stretches to bridge two contin ents and to understand why women must undergo this torture, even at the han ds of their mothers, for the pleasure of men. Though she often succumbs to madness, Tashi eventually takes possession of the secret of joy. Her compel ling story is every Eve's account of those "whose chastity belt was made of leather, or of silk and diamonds, or of fear and not of our own 'flesh.' " This is not a sequel to Walker's previous novels, but it easily equals, if not surpasses, their excellence. 
Price: 550.00 JPY
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Ballantine Books 2001 0345407954 / 9780345407955 Paperback Fine 
Even a fickle reader of Alice Walker will find something to admire in The W ay Forward Is with a Broken Heart. This tender, elegiac collection of stori es is based in part on her early marriage to a white man and her continuing puzzlement at how their connection--once so charmed and resilient--faded t o nothing. Looking back at their happy years together in "the racially vola tile and violent Deep South state of Mississippi," a place and time in whic h their union was not only unconventional but illegal, Walker is also led t o imagine other, less metaphoric homecomings. After the initial autobiograp hical story, "To My Young Husband," she turns to a character named Rosa, a novelist like herself, who returns home to the South with her sister, Barba ra, after their grandfather's death. Rosa had not made it to the funeral, s ince news of his death arrived just as she was leaving on a long-planned ho liday abroad. Now, belatedly, she has come to gather family stories. But wh en she asks her Aunt Lily a question, this woman glares back at her with so mething close to hatred: "I don't want to find myself in anything you write . And you can just leave your daddy alone too." Reeling, Rosa turns to her sister for comfort, but Barbara, too, rejects her with "a look that said sh e'd got the reply she'd deserved." For wasn't she always snooping about the family's business and turning things about in her writing in ways that mad e the family shudder? There was no talking to her as you talked to regular people. The minute you opened your mouth a meter went on. Rose could read a ll this on her sister's face. She didn't need to speak. And it was a lonely. 
Price: 700.00 JPY
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