The Temple of My Familiar by Alice Walker
The Temple of My Familiar is Alice Walker’s part novel, part visionary history, part revolutionary tract.
A visionary cast of characters weave together their past and present in a brilliantly intricate tapestry of tales.
It is the story of the dispossessed and displaced, of peoples whose history is ancient and whose future is yet to come.
Here we meet Lissie, a woman of many pasts; Arveyda the great guitarist and his Latin American wife who has had to flee her homeland. Suwelo, the history teacher, and his former wife Fanny who has fallen in love with spirits.
Hovering tantalisingly above their stories are Miss Celie and Shug, the beloved characters from The Colour Purple.