Alice Walker has created memorable characters in her epic novel, The Temple of My Familiar. The author uses a personal-storytelling technique where the characters present their own life history by telling it -- at times, a little long-winded -- to another character whose life is emotionally intertwined with theirs. Magic realist elements are used to bring us to various continents and back to past time periods in the character's life where they struggled with the classic issues of women's emancipation and racial discrimination. It is through the moral revisiting and questioning of past wrongs that the characters must come to terms with their present reality and move forward.
An important novel, almost historical in its presentation of the great emotional issues that have troubled us till this day.