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By the Light of My Father's Smile

(1998)
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By the Light of My Father's Smile is Alice Walker's first novel in six years--a stunning, original, and important book by "one of the best American writers of today" (The Washington Post).

A family from the United States goes to the remote Sierras in Mexico--the writer-to-be, Susannah; her sister, Magdalena; her father and mother. And there, amid an endangered band of mixed-race Blacks and Indians called the Mundo, they begin an encounter that will change them more than they could ever dream. Moving back and forth in time, and among unforgettable characters and their stories, Walker crosses conventional borders of all kinds as she explores in this magical novel the ways in which a woman's denied sexuality leads to the loss of the much prized and necessary original self; and how she regains that self, even as her family's past of lies and love is transformed.

By the Light of My Father's Smile presents, as Alice Walker puts it, "a celebration of sexuality, its absolute usefulness in the accessing of one's mature spirituality, and the father's role in assuring joy or sorrow in this arena for his female children." It explores the richness and coherence of alternative culture, experience of sexuality as a celebration of life, of trust in Nature and the Spirit, even as it affirms the belief, as Walker says, "that it is the triumphant heart, not the conquered heart, that forgives. And that love is both timeless and beyond time."

Genre: Literary Fiction

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August 1999 : USA Library Binding
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Title: By the Light of My Father's Smile (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Author(s): Alice Walker
ISBN: 0-613-21276-2 / 978-0-613-21276-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books
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October 1998 : UK Hardback
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Title: By the Light of My Father's Smile
Author(s): Alice Walker
ISBN: 0-7043-5083-1 / 978-0-7043-5083-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: The Women's Press Ltd
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September 1998 : USA Hardback
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Title: By the Light of My Father's Smile: A Novel
Author(s): Alice Walker
ISBN: 0-375-50152-5 / 978-0-375-50152-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
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Paperback Editions

February 2005 : UK Paperback
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Title: By the Light of My Father's Smile
Author(s): Alice Walker
ISBN: 0-7538-1951-1 / 978-0-7538-1951-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: W&N
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June 2000 : UK Paperback
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Title: By the Light of My Father's Smile
Author(s): Alice Walker
ISBN: 0-7043-4646-X / 978-0-7043-4646-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: The Women's Press Ltd
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August 1999 : USA Paperback
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Title: By the Light of My Father's Smile: A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
Author(s): Alice Walker
ISBN: 0-345-42606-1 / 978-0-345-42606-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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June 1999 : UK Paperback
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Title: By the Light of My Father's Smile
Author(s): Alice Walker
ISBN: 0-7043-4621-4 / 978-0-7043-4621-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: The Women's Press Ltd
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June 1999 : USA Paperback
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Title: By the Light of My Fathers Smile
Author(s): Alice Walker
ISBN: 0-345-43455-2 / 978-0-345-43455-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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April 1999 : USA Paperback
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Title: By the Light of My Father's Smile
Author(s): Alice Walker
ISBN: 0-606-17985-2 / 978-0-606-17985-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Demco Media
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Audio Editions

September 1998 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: By the Light of My Father's Smile
Author(s): Alice Walker
ISBN: 0-375-40474-0 / 978-0-375-40474-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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Kindle Editions

March 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: By the Light of My Father's Smile: A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
Author(s): Alice Walker
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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December 2011 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: By the Light of My Father's Smile
Author(s): Alice Walker
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
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