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Possessing the Secret of Joy

(1992)
(A book in the Color Purple series)
A novel by

 
 
An American woman struggles with the genital mutilation she endured as a child in Africa in a New York Times bestseller “as compelling as The Color Purple” (San Francisco Chronicle).

In Tashi’s tribe, the Olinka, young girls undergo female genital mutilation as an initiation into the community. Tashi manages to avoid this fate at first, but when pressed by tribal leaders, she submits. Years later, married and living in America as Evelyn Johnson, Tashi’s inner pain emerges. As she questions why such a terrifying, disfiguring sacrifice was required, she sorts through the many levels of subjugation with which she’s been burdened over the years.

In Possessing the Secret of Joy, Alice Walker exposes the abhorrent practice of female genital mutilation in an unforgettable, moving novel.

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Alice Walker including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.

Possessing the Secret of Joy is the 3rd book in the Color Purple Collection, which also includes The Color Purple and The Temple of My Familiar.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Hardback Editions

August 1996 : USA Hardback
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Title: Possessing the Secret of Joy
Author(s): Alice Walker
ISBN: 1-56895-351-8 / 978-1-56895-351-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wheeler Pub Inc
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October 1992 : UK Hardback
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Title: Possessing Secret Of Joy
Author(s): Alice Walker
ISBN: 0-224-03626-2 / 978-0-224-03626-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
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October 1992 : UK Hardback
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Title: Possessing the Secret of Joy
Author(s): Alice Walker
ISBN: 0-224-03527-4 / 978-0-224-03527-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd
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June 1992 : USA Hardback
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Title: Possessing the Secret of Joy
Author(s): Alice Walker
ISBN: 0-15-173152-7 / 978-0-15-173152-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
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Paperback Editions

May 2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: Possessing the Secret of Joy: A Novel
Author(s): Alice Walker
ISBN: 1-59558-364-5 / 978-1-59558-364-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: The New Press
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May 1993 : UK Paperback
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Title: Possessing The Secret Of Joy
Author(s): Alice Walker
ISBN: 0-09-922411-9 / 978-0-09-922411-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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January 1997 : USA Paperback
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Title: Possessing the Secret of Joy
Author(s): Alice Walker
ISBN: 0-671-78945-7 / 978-0-671-78945-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Washington Square Press
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June 1993 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Possessing the Secret of Joy
Author(s): Alice Walker
ISBN: 0-671-78942-2 / 978-0-671-78942-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pocket
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June 1993 : USA Paperback
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Title: Possessing the Secret of Joy
Author(s): Alice Walker
ISBN: 0-671-79100-1 / 978-0-671-79100-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pocket Books
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March 1993 : UK Paperback
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Title: Possessing the Secret of Joy
Author(s): Alice Walker
ISBN: 0-09-926881-7 / 978-0-09-926881-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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Audio Editions

July 1992 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Possessing the Secret of Joy
Author(s): Alice Walker
ISBN: 0-671-79306-3 / 978-0-671-79306-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audioworks
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Kindle Editions

September 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Possessing the Secret of Joy (The Color Purple Collection Book 3)
Author(s): Alice Walker
Publisher: Open Road Media
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