.A poignant and powerful story of the American South in the 1960s and of one woman who risks her life for the people she loves from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Color Purple, now available in a new edition featuring an introduction by Tayari Jones, author of An American Marriage.
“A classic novel of both feminism and the Civil Rights movement.” —Ms. Magazine
“My life suddenly made sense when I encountered Alice Walker's fiction.” —Tayari Jones
Meridian Hill, a dedicated and courageous young activist in the 1960s, works to create peace and understanding through her civil rights work, touching the lives of all those she meets even when her health begins to deteriorate. With the old rules of Southern society collapsing around her, her coworkers quitting and moving to comfortable homes and lives, and others turning to more violent means of achieving change, Meridian fights a lonely battle to reaffirm her own humanity—and that of all her people.
Alice Walker is an internationally celebrated writer, poet, and activist whose books include seven novels, four collections of short stories, five children’s books, and several volumes of essays and poetry. She has received the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction and the National Book Award, and has been honored with the O. Henry Award, the Lillian Smith Award, and the Mahmoud Darwish Literary Prize for Fiction. She was inducted into the California Hall of Fame and received the Lennon Ono Peace Award. Her work has been published in forty languages worldwide.
“A fine, taut novel . . . A lean book that goes down like clear water . . . Remarkable.” — New York Times Book Review
“A glowing affirmation of the possibility . . . of love and forgiveness—between men and women, black and white.” — Baltimore Sun
“Beautifully presented and utterly convincing.” — The New Yorker
“A classic novel of both feminism and the Civil Rights movement.” — Ms. magazine
“Ruthless and tender.” — Newsweek