The Way Forward Is with a Broken Heart (Paperback)
Ballantine Books, 9780345407955, 234pp.
Publication Date: October 2, 2001
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).
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Praise For The Way Forward Is with a Broken Heart…
"Places Walker in the company of Faulkner."
--The Nation, about The Color Purple
"Superb...a work to stand beside literature of any time and place."
--San Francisco Chronicle, about The Color Purple
"Just when you think Alice Walker has empathized her way as far as any writer can go, she goes further....Each essay is a gift."
--Gloria Steinem, about Anything We Love Can Be Saved
"[Alice Walker] is exceptionally brave: She takes on subjects at which most writers would flinch and quail, and probably fail. She shrinks from no moral or emotional complexity, and she writes consummately skillful short stories....In Walker's work nothing is ordinary....She is a marvelous writer."
--San Francisco Chronicle, about You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down
"A writer of staggering talent."
--New York Newsday