“Alice Walker is a lavishly gifted writer.” —The New York Times Book Review
Open Road Integrated Media announces the ebook publication of nine titles by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker, including novels The Third Life of Grange Copeland and Meridian; poetry collections Revolutionary Petunias, Horses Make a Landscape Look More Beautiful, andOnce; short story collections You Can’t Keep a Good Woman Down and In Love & Trouble; and essay collections Living by the Word and In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens. The titles join three novels published by Open Road Media in September: the triptych including novels The Color Purple, which is published under the Open Road Iconic Ebook imprint, The Temple of My Familiar, and Possessing the Secret of Joy. This release brings the Alice Walker Open Road Media ebook collection to twelve titles.
Walker is known for her deep and unflinching explorations of black life in America, particularly the experiences of black women. In her public life, Walker works to address problems of injustice, inequality, and poverty as an activist, teacher, and public intellectual.
NOVELS: In Meridian, a woman puts her own happiness aside in pursuit of justice as the civil rights movement sweeps through the South.Meridian draws from Walker’s own experiences working alongside some of the heroes of the civil rights movement, and the novel stands as a shrewd and affecting document of the dissolution of the Jim Crow South. The Third Life of Grange Copeland explores the decisions of Grange Copeland, a deeply conflicted and struggling tenant farmer in the Deep South of the 1930s.
POETRY: Once is Alice Walker’s first published book of poetry, collecting verse written as a student and on her first visit to Africa. For readers seeking the origins of Alice Walker’s potent, distinctive voice, this collection will provide ample insight. Walker’s talents are prodigious, yet it’s her pure moral and aesthetic clarity that impress most in this debut work. In Revolutionary Petunias—Walker’s second poetry collection, first published in 1976—readers will experience the love poems of an author caught up in a hopeful and sometimes violent upheaval. Horses Make a Landscape Look More Beautiful, Alice Walker’s fourth collection of poetry, offers simple observations from a life well lived, balanced with an unflinching examination of critical global worries.
STORIES: In Love and Trouble is Alice Walker’s debut short fiction collection, in which women from wildly different backgrounds strive for liberation from painful realities. In Alice Walker’s second story collection, You Can’t Keep a Good Woman Down, women stand their ground in the midst of crisis. The women in these tenderly wrought tales face their problems head on, proving powerful and self-possessed even when degraded by others—sometimes by those closest to them. A collection that reveals a master of fiction approaching the fullness of her talent, these are the stories Walker produced while penning The Color Purple.
ESSAYS: In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens is Walker’s collection of early nonfiction, which serves as the manifesto of a young artist—and an illuminating self-portrait. Whether she’s taking on nuclear proliferation, the promise and problems of the civil rights movement, or her own creative process, Walker always brings to bear a fearless determination to tell the truth. In Living by the Word, Walker’s second collection of essays, the author helps readers understand her ambitions as an artist, citizen of the world, and spiritual seeker.
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Extra content includes:
- Behind-the-scenes author commentary and videos at the Open Road Media Alice Walker Author Page
- Illustrated biography in each ebook, including unseen photographs and documents from Walker’s personal life and distinguished career
Available as ebooks September 20, 2011:
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