Walker's stories dismantle patriarchy and racism with deep compassion and the will to freedom and self-actualisation. And eye rolling. At times, they seem to shade beyond fiction into theory and critique.
I found this collection impossible to put down, compelled as much by the alluring physicality and sensuousness of Walker's prose as by her heartfelt, fiercely intellectual grappling with the issues she takes up. The second half, You can't keep a good woman down was the more enjoyable and thought-provoking for me.