An American woman struggles with the genital mutilation she endured as a child in Africa in a New York Times bestseller “as compelling as The Color Purple” (San Francisco Chronicle).
In Tashi’s tribe, the Olinka, young girls undergo female genital mutilation as an initiation into the community. Tashi manages to avoid this fate at first, but when pressed by tribal leaders, she submits. Years later, married and living in America as Evelyn Johnson, Tashi’s inner pain emerges. As she questions why such a terrifying, disfiguring sacrifice was required, she sorts through the many levels of subjugation with which she’s been burdened over the years.
In Possessing the Secret of Joy, Alice Walker exposes the abhorrent practice of female genital mutilation in an unforgettable, moving novel.
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Alice Walker including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.
Possessing the Secret of Joy is the 3rd book in the Color Purple Collection, which also includes The Color Purple and The Temple of My Familiar.
The Secret of Joy! RESISTANCE
Thank you Alice Walker for The Secret of joy, It was a good read about Adam and Olivia, the children of
Ceiley in The Color Purple and Tashi and what happened to her and their lives as adults and where their fictional journey took them. Alice brings to our attention the subject matter of tribal rituals of female circumcision, something that is so terrible and I think barbaric to be done to young girls and women. The world needs to know and understand the suffering women go through in Africa and other parts of the world. Women are more than just sexual objects, they are human beings.
Possessing the Secret of Joy
One of my favorites!