“In The Temple of My Familiar, Celie and Shug from The Color Purple subtly shadow the lives of dozens of characters, all dealing in some way with the legacy of the African experience in America. From recent African immigrants, to a woman who grew up in the mixed-race rainforest communities of South America, to Celie’s own granddaughter living in modern-day San Francisco, all must come to understand the brutal stories of their ancestors to come to terms with their own troubled lives.
As Walker follows these astonishing characters, she weaves a new mythology from old fables and history, a profoundly spiritual explanation for centuries of shared African-American experience.”, Open Road Media, Sep 20, 2011
THE TEMPLE OF MY FAMILIAR unfolds disquieting truths and mysteries; evils that resound through history; and wonders that attain the power of legend. “Walker holds a rare place…in the history of … writers….THE TEMPLE OF MY FAMILIAR is brilliant.