This is an incredible read and I have dubbed it The Womanist Bible. Fitting because Alice Walker is supposed to have coined the term which “approximates Black Feminism,” in her own words.

I read a review that said words to the effect that the book will not excite people, but those who read it will be 'enlarged.' I am inclined to agree. You are left overwhelmed by the stories (and perhaps essays) in this book. You close the book feeling like you have achieved some unwritten goal of getting close to people to share some illumination about them. In the book, you get close to women – Black women to be precise. Black women leading very different lifestyles. Black women who survive(d) in spite of the conditions of the South or wherever they are placed.

One of my favourite stories in this book is 'Coming Apart'. I think it perfectly explains the concept (and necessity, if you will) of Womanism. 'Advancing Luna' is a tough read that deals with the rape of White women by Black men and Ida B. Wells' fight. I am still moved by this story—still trying to process it. 'A Letter of the Times' is also an important story/fictional letter.

I think it's important to read writers who are women - and women of colour to be precise - because we come to learn a little more about the world. We come out of the process 'enlarged', with a little more understanding about women (of colour) and their experiences. I had a lot more to say about this book, but I think I will write a longer post at a later date.

PS. Not everyone will like this book. I'd be surprised if certain people liked it, actually. But it is still an important read. That's the beauty of literature and learning, isn't it? You don't have to like what you read/hear/learn. What matters is that you engage with the material and develop your thinking in some way.