Everyday Use

Everyday Use

Alice Walker's early story, "Everyday Use," has remained a cornerstone of her work. Her use of quilting as a metaphor for the creative legacy that African Americans inherited from their maternal ancestors changed the way we define art, women's culture, and African American lives. By putting African American women's voices at the center of the narrative for the first time, "Everyday Use" anticipated the focus of an entire generation of black women writers.

This casebook includes an introduction by the editor, a chronology of Walker's life, an authoritative text of "Everyday Use" and of "In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens," an interview with Walker, six critical essays, and a bibliography. The contributors are Charlotte Pierce-Baker, Houston A. Baker, Jr., Thadious M. Davis, Margot Anne Kelley, John O'Brien, Elaine Showalter, and Mary Helen Washington.

Title:Everyday Use
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780813520766
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  • PattyMacDotComma

    5★"I will wait for her in the yard that Maggie and I made so clean and wavy yesterday afternoon. A yard like this is more comfortable than most people know. It is not just a yard. It is like an exte...

  • Leslie

    In the story "Every Day Use," the author, Alice Walker, states about the relationships that occurs inside a family when one of their offspring is shipped abroad to further continue her studies. In the...

  • Chrissie

    Here follows a free online link to the short story Everyday Use by Alice Walker: http://xroads.virginia.edu/~ug97/quil...I enjoyed so very much how this ended. One of the characters gets her comeuppan...

  • Lori

    I've remembered this woman's self-description for thirty years without knowing what book or who wrote it; I happy to now have a place for it."In real life I am a large, big-boned woman with rough, man...

  • Minh

    A great short story. Read this in my Eng lit class :) ...

  • Brooke

    Read this for my literature class....

  • Lateisha Barnes

    Summary:A single mother raising two daughters named Maggie and Dee. (Character v. Character) Maggie, the younger daughter, shy and low self esteem due to scars on arms and legs. Dee, outgoing and well...

  • Rogerio Ruiz

    When I read “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker, the first thing that came to mind was heritage. This short story focuses on family and how education can change people. Walker illustrates the importanc...

  • Amy C.

    I read this short story in a lit anthology and was instantaneously touched by the contention of true heritage....

  • Mary-Faith

    3.5 / 5 stars ...