The Color Purple

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2003 - FICTION - 288 pages
Celie is a poor black woman whose letters tell the story of 20 years of her life, beginning at age 14 when she is being abused and raped by her father and attempting to protect her sister from the same fate, and continuing over the course of her marriage to "Mister," a brutal man who terrorizes her. Celie eventually learns that her abusive husband has been keeping her sister's letters from her and the rage she feels, combined with an example of love and independence provided by her close friend Shug, pushes her finally toward an awakening of her creative and loving self.
 

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User Review  - Lukerik - LibraryThing

Don't be put off by the author's cringe-inducing preface; this is one of the best novels ever written. Very cleverly done, the way that the characters reflect each other and how the language itself ... Read full review

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This well known novel packs a powerful punch. The story is told to us entirely through the narration and letters written by and to Celie, an African-American girl who comes of age in the South at the ... Read full review

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Alice Walker won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award for her novel The Color Purple, which was preceded by The Third Life of Grange Copeland and Meridian. Her other bestselling novels include By the Light of My Father's Smile, Possessing the Secret of Joy and The Temple of My Familiar. She is also the author of two collections of short stories, three collections of essays, five volumes of poetry and several children's books. Her books have been translated into more than two dozen languages. Born in Eatonton, Georgia, Walker now lives in Northern California.

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