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The Way Forward Is With a Broken Heart

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Alice Walker, The Way Forward Is With A Broken Heart
Walker: Jean Weisinger

The Way Forward Is With A Broken Heart

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Alice Walker
publisher:
Random House
genre:
Short Stories, Fiction

We gave it a B

In what seems to be a memoir curiously masquerading as 13 autobiographical short stories, Walker explores the intimate relationships of a world famous African American activist/ feminist/ writer. Linked by this distinctive protagonist, whose name changes with her stage in life (exhausted young divorcée ”Rosa” becomes confident middle aged bisexual ”Anne”), The Way Forward Is With a Broken Heart resembles a passionate but piecemeal roman à clef — one marred by occasional streams of self help platitudes (see the title).

Nonetheless, the novella length ”To My Young Husband,” which viscerally fictionalizes Walker’s 1960s era ”magical marriage” to a Jewish civil rights lawyer and their wrenching divorce, boasts Walker’s most commanding, moving writing since ”The Color Purple,” prose that forges personal and political insights into shimmering poetry.