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Gathering Blossoms Under Fire: The Journals of Alice Walker, 1965-2002

Gathering Blossoms Under Fire: The Journals of Alice Walker, 1965-2002

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From National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize–winning author Alice Walker and edited by critic and writer Valerie Boyd, comes an unprecedented compilation of Walker’s fifty years of journals drawing an intimate portrait of her development over five decades as an artist, human rights and women’s activist, and intellectual.

In Gathering Blossoms Under Fire, Walker offers a passionate, intimate record of her intellectual, artistic, and political development. She also intimately explores—in real time—her thoughts and feelings as a woman, a writer, an African American, a wife, a daughter, a mother, a lover, a sister, a friend, a citizen of the world.

In an unvarnished and singular voice, she writes about an astonishing array of events: marching in Mississippi with other foot soldiers of the civil rights movement, led by Martin Luther King Jr., or "the King," as she called him; her marriage to a Jewish lawyer, partly to defy laws that barred interracial marriage in the 1960s South; an early miscarriage; the birth of her daughter; writing her first novel; the trails and triumphs of the women's movement; erotic encounters and enduring relationships; the "ancestral visits" that led her to write The Color Purple; winning the Pulitzer Prize; being admired and maligned, sometimes in equal measure, for her work and her activism; burying her mother; and her estrangement from her own daughter. The personal and political are layered and intertwined in the revealing narrative that emerges from Walker's journals.

ISBN: 9781476773155

Published Date: April 12, 2022

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Language: English

Page Count: 537

Size: 9.67" l x 6.70" w x 1.63" h