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I love my mother very much, but I haven't seen her or spoken to her since I became pregnant. Dad [Mel Leventhal], was the brilliant lawyer son of a Jewish family who had fled the Holocaust.

Mum was the impoverished eighth child of sharecroppers from Georgia.

I was raised to believe that women need men like a fish needs a bicycle.

Having a career, travelling the world and being independent were what really mattered according to her. My parents met and fell in love in Mississippi during the civil rights movement.

From the age of 13, I spent days at a time alone while my mother retreated to her writing studio - some 100 miles away.

I was left with money to buy my own meals and lived on a diet of fast food.

But one woman didn't buy in to Alice's beliefs - her daughter, Rebecca, 38.

The other day I was vacuuming when my son came bounding into the room. His little hands were grabbing me around the knees and his huge brown eyes were looking up at me. Maternal rift: Rebecca Walker, whose mother was the feminist author of The Color Purple - who thought motherhood a form of servitude, is now proud to be a mother herself I love the way his head nestles in the crook of my neck.

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