The Way Forward Is with a Broken Heart by Alice Walker

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"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).
 

About Alice Walker

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Alice Walker is one of the most prolific writers of our time, known for her literary fiction, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Color Purple; her many volumes of poetry; and her powerful nonfiction collections, including We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For and The Chicken Chronicles: A Memoir (both published by The New Press). Her advocacy for the dispossessed has spanned the globe. She lives in Northern California.
 
Published February 1, 2012 by Ballantine Books. 240 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Children's Books. Fiction

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From there the focus keeps shifting: to another woman reflecting on how her family views her as an autobiographical writer, to frank portrayals of other women and the men they love, in spite of the yearnings they have to move on, to a man coping badly with his lover’s absence, letting doubt gnaw ...

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HIn 13 affectionate stories, Walker (The Color Purple; By the Light of My Father's Smile) reflects on the nature of passion and friendship, pondering the emotional trajectories of lives and loves. Som

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The Way Forward Is with a Broken Heart Alice Walker 256pp, The Women's Press, £14.99 Buy it at a discount at BOL At the start of Alice Walker's new collection of short stories is a memoir of her 10-year "magical marriage", which ended 20 years ago.

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HIn 13 affectionate stories, Walker (The Color Purple;

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Nonetheless, the novella length ''To My Young Husband,'' which viscerally fictionalizes Walker's 1960s era ''magical marriage'' to a Jewish civil rights lawyer and their wrenching divorce, boasts Walker's most commanding, moving writing since ''The Color Purple,'' prose that forges personal and p...

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Walker's dedication, "To the American race," signals hope that we will find the way forward, but a reminder that it will come only after grief and healing.Kelly Koepke is a freelance writer in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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