A natural evolution from the earlier, much acclaimed short story collection In Love & Trouble, these fourteen provocative and often humorous stories show women oppressed but not defeated. No longer do they excuse the aggression of others, no longer are they suspended in their unhappy condition. The women here claim every bit of the space they make.
These are modern stories: about love, lust, fame, and cultural thievery, the perils of pornography, abortion, and rape; the delight of new lovers; and the rediscovery of old friends, affirmed even across self-imposed color lines.
“A major American writer, a cause for gratitude, delight and celebration. Some of these stories dare where no others have ventured before, stun with the deep and challenging human truths that emerge.”
“Alice Walker is exceptionally brave. She takes on subjects at which most writers would flinch and quail, and probably fail. She shrinks from no moral or emotional complexity, and she writes consummately skillful short stories…in Walker’s work nothing is ordinary…. She is a marvelous writer.
Alice Adams, San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle
“These are stories from a woman who has under her control as a writer a wide range of material, from the lives of the ordinary poor to the lives of artists and academics, from political organizers to well-heeled businessmen, and who can enter their experiences with sympathy but without sentimentality.
Marge Piercy, Washington Post