The Temple of My Familiar

Author(s): Alice Walker


A visionary cast of characters weave together their past and present in a brilliantly intricate tapestry of tales.It is the story of the dispossessed and displaced, of peoples whose history is ancient and whose future is yet to come. Here we meet Lissie, a woman of many pasts; Arveyda the great guitarist and his Latin American wife who has had to flee her homeland; Suwelo, the history teacher, and his former wife Fanny who has fallen in love with spirits. Hovering tantalisingly above their stories are Miss Celie and Shug, the beloved characters from THE COLOUR PURPLE.


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Alice Walker's first novel after the hugely successful The Color Purple, which sold over a million copies in the UK alone 'The richness of The Temple of my Familiar is amazing, overwhelming. A hundred themes and subjects spin through it, dozens of characters...they're like Dostoyevsky's characters, relentlessly raising the great moral questions and pushing one another toward self-knowledge, honesty, engagement' Ursula LeGuin 'The Temple of My Familiar is like a long dream. It has the magic, the freedom, the beauty and the horror of dreams' Isabel Allende We are very pleased to have acquired the Alice Walker backlist and are giving the entire list a stunning new up-to-date look to bring these classic books to a new generation of readers

"Walker's fictional creations are musicians, storytellers, artists and mothers: all of them embrace life with the characteristic optimism of this author, against a background of colour: love, for instance, blossoms on an "olive-green sailboat with its black-and-yellow sails". HERALD (9.10.04)

Alice Walker won the Pulitzer prize and the American Book Award for The Color Purple. She is the author of many bestselling novels, essays and collections of poetry including Meridian, By the Light of My Father's Smile and The Third Life of Grange Copeland.

General Fields

  • : 9780753819487
  • : orion
  • : orion
  • : September 2004
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Alice Walker
  • : Paperback
  • : 813.54
  • : 432