Meridian (Alice Walker)

"The thrill of being able, once again, to endure unendurable loss produced so profound an ecstasy in mourners that they strutted, without noticing their feet, along the thin backs of benches: their piercing shouts of anguish and joy never interrupted by an inglorious fall."

"The thrill of being able, once again, to endure unendurable loss produced so profound an ecstasy in mourners that they strutted, without noticing their feet, along the thin backs of benches: their piercing shouts of anguish and joy never interrupted by an inglorious fall."

U.S.A. / 1976

One of my favorite books is The Color Purple. It's spectacular. My favorite part about it is its epistolary format. Meridian is Walker's second book and it uses a more traditional format. I've never read it, but I really want to see how Walker departs from her first form. Meridian is written in the third person. Here's a quick summary: "A story about one woman's personal revolution as she joins the Civil Rights Movement. Set in the American South in the 1960s it follows Meridian Hill, a courageous young woman who dedicates herself heart and soul to her civil rights work, touching the lives of those around her even as her own health begins to deteriorate. Hers is a lonely battle, but it is one she will not abandon, whatever the costs. This is classic Alice Walker, beautifully written, intense and passionate."- GoodReads.