San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers, 1989. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's aqua cloth over tan paper-covered boards, spine and upper board gilt, tan endpapers, original illustrated dust jacket.
First printing of Walker's sprawling novel mixing history and myth to illuminate the varying currents that make up the black experience in America, signed by her on the title-page. "The richness of Alice Walker’s new novel is amazing, overwhelming. A hundred themes and subjects spin through it, dozens of characters, a whirl of time and places. None is touched superficially: all the people are passionate actors and sufferers, and everything they talk about is urgent, a matter truly of life and death. They’re like Dostoyevsky's characters, relentlessly raising the great moral questions and pushing one another towards self-knowledge, honesty, engagement" (Ursula K. LeGuin, The San Francisco Review of Books). Fine un unclipped dust jacket. Item #1231