By the Light of My Father's Smile

By the Light of My Father's Smile

A Novel

Book - 1998
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Baker & Taylor
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

Blackwell North Amer
A family from the United States goes to the remote Sierras in Mexico - the writer-to-be, Susannah; her sister, Magdalena; her father and mother. And there, amid an endangered band of mixed-race Blacks and Indians called the Mundo, they begin an encounter that will change them more than they could ever dream. Moving back and forth in time, and among unforgettable characters and their stories, Walker crosses conventional borders of all kinds as she explores in this magical novel the ways in which a woman's denied sexuality leads to the loss of the much prized and necessary original self; and how she regains that self, even as her family's past of lies and love is transformed.

Baker
& Taylor

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. 200,000 first printing. Tour.

Publisher: New York : Random House, 1998.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780375501524
0375501525
Branch Call Number: WAL
Characteristics: 222 p. ; 24 cm.

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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.

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ABenoit
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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