July 2007 – gift from a friend, from the Library booksale

A friend of mine at work said I must read this, and got it for me from the library booksale. Fast forward to October, when it reaches the top of the pile… A collection of short stories about Black women in the Southern states of America, these are written in the vernacular, and with the liveliness, irreverance and closeness to women’s experience that this would imply. The preface, by Alice Walker, draws out the fact that most of the stories are written by an observer – a sister, a friend, strengthening bonds between the women and giving alternative and sometimes shifting viewpoints.

I don’t think I’ll be rereading, so I’ll register it on BC and might well include it in the next slew of bookrings, as it’s an unusual book that I don’t think many people will come across.