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Possessing the Secret of Joy: A Novel

  • List Price: $15.95
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  • Seller:academybookshop
  • Sales Rank:374,061
  • Languages:English (Unknown), English (Original Language), English (Published)
  • Media:Paperback
  • Number Of Items:1
  • Pages:286
  • Shipping Weight (lbs):0.8
  • Dimensions (in):8.3 x 5.6 x 0.8
  • Publication Date:May 6, 2008
  • ISBN:1595583645
  • EAN:9781595583642
  • ASIN:1595583645
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Synopsis
The stunning New York Times bestseller, from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Color Purple, reissued in a handsome new edition.

From the author the New York Times Book Review calls "a lavishly gifted writer," this is the searing story of Tashi, a tribal African woman first glimpsed in The Color Purple whose fateful decision to submit to the tsunga's knife and be genitally mutilated leads to a trauma that informs her life and fatefully alters her existence.

Possessing the Secret of Joy, out of print for a number of years, was the first novel to deal with this controversial topic and managed to do so in a manner that Cosmopolitan called "masterful, honorable, and unforgettable storytelling." The New Press is proud to bring the book back into print with a new preface by the author addressing the book's initial reception and the changed attitudes toward female genital mutilation that have come about in part because of this book.

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