Praisesong For The Widow by Paule Marshall

The novel explores the transformative journey of Avey Johnson, a middle-aged African-American woman who, while on a cruise in the Caribbean, experiences a profound personal crisis that compels her to confront her disconnected life and lost cultural heritage. As memories of her ancestral past and her childhood in the South resurface, Avey abandons her affluent but sterile lifestyle to embark on a spontaneous pilgrimage to the island of Carriacou. There, through the island's rituals and the companionship of the local people, she reconnects with the communal values of her heritage and finds the strength to reclaim her sense of identity and purpose. The story is a lyrical meditation on the importance of heritage, memory, and the need for a sense of belonging.

The 4365th greatest book of all time


Published
1983
Nationality
American
Type
Fiction
Pages
256
Words
Unknown
Original Language
English

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