The Color Purple

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2006 - Fiction - 294 pages
19 Reviews
Now a Broadway musical
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
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Winner of the National Book Award
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Published to unprecedented acclaim, The Color Purple established Alice Walker as a major voice in modern fiction. This is the story of two sisters--one a missionary in Africa and the other a child wife living in the South--who sustain their loyalty to and trust in each other across time, distance, and silence. Beautifully imagined and deeply compassionate, this classic novel of American literature is rich with passion, pain, inspiration, and an indomitable love of life.

"Intense emotional impact . . . Indelibly affecting . . . Alice Walker is a lavishly gifted writer." -- New York Times Book Review

"Places Walker in the company of Faulkner." -- The Nation

"Superb . . . A work to stand beside literature of any time and place." -- San Francisco Chronicle

"A novel of permanent importance." -- Peter S. Prescott, Newsweek
 

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The Color Purple

User Review  - 4blessings - Overstock.com

The book and the movie are very similiar. The only one big difference between the movie and book is that the book really concentrates on the main characters relationship with another woman. Read full review

Famous racial book less about race!

User Review  - Marinewife2004 - Borders

The famous story of Celie's tragic life is well known for being about race. However, I would say that The Color Purple is first about religion and spirituality, then about sexuality and love ... 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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