The Color Purple

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Pocket Books, 1985 - Fiction - 295 pages
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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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Utterly brilliant and breathtaking. Rarely does an author create a narrative voice so compelling, so poignantly sad and simultaneously strong. The is a story of the triumph of faith and love over ... Read full review

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(this review originally written for Bookslut) I have to admit, I came to Alice Walker's The Color Purple with a lot of baggage. Of course I've seen the movie, who hasn't? But it was so long ago that ... Read full review

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Alice Walker won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award for her novel The Color Purple. 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 Eaton, Georgia, Walker now lives in Northern California.

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