By Alice Walker
A relations from the U.S. is going to the distant Sierras in Mexico—Susannah, the writer-to-be; her sister, Magdalena; and their mom and dad. There, amid an endangered band of mixed-race blacks and Indians referred to as the Mundo, they start an stumble upon that would switch them greater than they can ever dream.
Moving from side to side in time, and between unforgettable characters and their magical tales, Walker brilliantly explores the ways that a woman's denied sexuality ends up in the lack of the a lot prized and useful unique self--and how she regains that self, at the same time her family's prior of lies and love is remodeled.
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