“Astonishingly moving.”—Anne Tyler, New York Times Book Review
“A work of exceptional wisdom, maturity, and generosity, one in which the palpable humanity of its characters transcends any considerations of race or sex.”—Washington Post Book World
“There is no limit to the kind of readership to which this novel will appeal.”—Booklist
Avey Johnson—a black, middle-aged, middle-class widow given to hats, gloves, and pearls—has long since put behind her the Harlem of her childhood. Then on a cruise to the Caribbean with two friends, inspired by a troubling dream, she senses her life beginning to unravel—and in a panic packs her bag in the middle of the night and abandons her friends at the next port of call. The unexpected and beautiful adventure that follows provides Avey with the links to the culture and history she has so long disavowed.
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Paule Mashall is the author of Brown Girl, Brownstones, The Chosen Place, The Timeless People, Praisesong for the Widow, Soul Clap Hands and Sing, Reena and Other Stories, and Daughters. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, she is now Professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.Review:
Novel by Paule Marshall, published in 1983. Recently widowed Avey (Avatara) Johnson, a wealthy, middle-aged African-American woman, undergoes a spiritual rebirth and finds a vital connection to her past while visiting an island in the Caribbean. Marshall portrays the special anguish of certain blacks who, in their drive to achieve material success, have lost touch with their heritage. Well-received by critics, the work was often compared to the novels of Toni Morrison. -- The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature
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Descripción Estado de conservación: acceptable. 358 Gramm. Nº de ref. de la librería M00860684539-B
Descripción Virago, 1983. Estado de conservación: Good. This is an ex-library book and may have the usual library/used-book markings inside.This book has hardback covers. In good all round condition. Dust Jacket in good condition. , 450grams, ISBN:0860684539. Nº de ref. de la librería 6398679
Descripción London: Virago, 1983. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Fine. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Fine. 1st Edition. First UK edition. Third novel from the Barbados born African American writer. Near fine in similar dustwrapper. Nº de ref. de la librería 2070103
Descripción London: Virago Press, 1983. dj, 1983. SIGNED hardcover first edition - First UK printing. INSCRIBED on the title page. A somewhat smaller format and a very different (and more colorful) dustjacket from the more often found US edition. Very good in a near fine dustjacket (top edge dusty, stamp on copyright page re "powys library service" but no other markings.). Nº de ref. de la librería 18818