First published in 1990, The Temple of My Familiar, Alice Walker’s follow-up novel to her iconic The Color Purple, spent more than four months on the New York Times Bestseller list and was hailed by critics as a major achievement” (Chicago Tribune).
Described by the author as a romance of the last 500,000 years,” The Temple of My Familiar
follows a cast of interrelated characters, most of African descent, and each representing a different ethnic strainranging from diverse African tribes to the mixed bloods of Latin Americathat contribute to the black experience in America.
Part love story, part fable, part feminist manifesto, part political statement, Walker's novel follows a cast of interrelated characters, most of them black. and each representing a differ ent ethnic strain that contributes to the black experience in America. Marred by didacticism, theorizing and pontificating, ``the book never achieves the narrative power of The Color Purple ,'' noted PW . (May)