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Roselily Summary
Alice Walker

Everything you need to understand or teach Roselily by Alice Walker.

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Roselily Summary

Introduction

"Roselily" was first published as the opening story in Alice Walker's first collection of short stories, In Love and Trouble: Stories of Black Women (1973). The collection won the Rosenthal Award of the National Institute of Arts and Letters, and was widely and favorably reviewed. "Roselily" has been included in several important literary anthologies, including Calling the Wind: Twentieth-Century African-American Short Stories (1993).

The story of a rural African-American woman from Mississippi who is about to escape poverty and disgrace by marrying a man she barely knows, a Muslim from the North, it received praise from critics for giving a voice to a segment of the population that has seldom been represented in fiction. The central character is an unmarried woman with three children, aged three, four, and five, and Walker depicts her with respect and compassion.

The prospects for Roselily finding happiness in her loveless marriage seem dim; she is...

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