Tashi is a tribal African woman who, as a young girl, voluntarily submitted to the tsunga’s knife. Tashi was genitally mutilated.
Traumatised by this experience, she spends her life battling madness. It is only with the help of an unlikely ally that she studies the mythological “reasons” invented by her ancestors for what was done to her – and to millions of other women and girls.
As her understanding grows, so does her capacity to encounter overwhelming grief. Underneath this grief is a glowing anger that propels her to act.
Alice Walker in this novel strikes with graceful power at the heart of one of the most controversial issues of our time.
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