"A jubilant novel . . . [An] evocative family tale of love, passion, and forgiveness."
–San Francisco Chronicle
"[THIS] POWERFUL STORY IS ABOUT LOVE, FORGIVENESS, PASSION AND BEING TRUE TO YOURSELF."
–Detroit Free Press
"HUGELY ORIGINAL, BY THE LIGHT OF MY FATHER’S SMILE HAS MORE THAN A HINT OF INCANTATORY MAGIC ABOUT IT. . . . Light explores what happens–to an entire family–when a daughter cannot forgive her father for a single, hypocritical, soul-crushing act. It explores the dangerous bonds of fidelity between sisters, lovers, memories. . . . Walker’s language is sensual and at the same time delightfully precise. . . . Political, immodest, astonishing by turns, [this novel] once again demonstrates Walker’s gigantic talent."
–The Baltimore Sun
"PROVOCATIVE . . . A BEGUILING STORY OF DIFFICULT FATHER-DAUGHTER BONDS AND STAR-CROSSED LOVERS."
BY THE LIGHT OF MY FATHER’S SMILE "FULFILLS A READER’S NEED FOR WISDOM. . . . WRITTEN IN AT LEAST TWO DIMENSIONS AND ACROSS DECADES."
–Los Angeles Times Book Review
"ALICE WALKER IS A LAVISHLY GIFTED WRITER."
–The New York Times Book Review