"Honest, exquisitely measured . . . inspiring in its reminder of the human spirit’s capacity to endure."—The New York Times Book Review
"[An] astute study of family and place."—Washington Post Book World
In this collection of autobiographical essays, Maryse Condé vividly evokes the relationships and events that gave her childhood meaning: discovering her parents’ feelings of alienation; her first crush; a falling out with her best friend; the death of her beloved grandmother; her first encounter with racism.
These gemlike vignettes capture the spirit of Condé’s fiction: haunting, powerful, poignant, and leavened with a streak of humor.
Maryse Condé’s previous work includes the novels Windward Heights and Desirada, both available from Soho Press.
Praise for Tales from the Heart
"Honest, exquisitely measured... inspiring in its reminder of the human spirit’s capacity to endure." —The New York Times Book Review
"[An] astute study of family and place." —Washington Post Book World