This book begins with a beautiful, graceful and passionate account of Alice's married life. It is written 'to my young husband', and therefore provides an intricate, soulful look into their shared journey through racist politics and personal triumphs. The narrative then moves through different stories exploring powerful themes in Walkers writing, including: race, politics, power, sex, sexuality and individual identity and change. Each story weaves together themes in the book through reflective glimpses into the characters lives. This book is not only a must read for all Walker fans, it is a must read for all those who believe 'living life to the hilt is the best praise of it'.