Possessing The Secret of Joy by Alice Walker
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This is the searing story of Tashi, a tribal African woman first glimpsed in The Color Purple whose fateful decision to submit to the tsunga's knife and be genitally mutilated leads to a trauma that informs her life and fatefully alters her existence. Walker beautifully combines facts and fiction, communing with the spirits of the living and the dead. This novel strikes with graceful power to address the heart of one of the most pressing issues of our time. This book was out of print for a number of years, was the first novel to deal with this controversial topic. Although this book is not a sequel to The Color Purple or The Temple of My Familiar, Possessing the Secret of Joy follows the life of a barely-glimpsed character from those books.