Alice Walker & Profound Female Friendship

A Taliswoman Short

Leah Welborn
The Shortform

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Original artwork by the author

At 9 years old, I spent a lot of time at the library in my tiny Texas town. It was in an old, creaky house, and I was usually the only one there with Darlene, the librarian.

It was there that I first saw Alice Walker’s The Color Purple in paperback. I knew it was special, even though I wasn’t ready to read it.

Eight years later, I was a baby feminist devouring special books like hers. The Color Purple and its sequel, Temple of My Familiar, became holy to me, as did her admiration of Zora Neale Hurston. I bonded with special women because of those special books.

I’m grateful.

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Leah Welborn
The Shortform

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