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The Color Purple

by Alice Walker

Set in the deep American south between the wars, this is the classic tale of Celie, a young poor black girl. Raped repeatedly by her father, she loses two children and then is married off to a man who treats her no better than a slave. She is separated from her sister Nettie and dreams of becoming like the glamorous Shug Avery, a singer and rebellious black woman who has taken charge of her own destiny. Gradually Celie discovers the support of women that enables her to leave the past behind and begin a new life.

Winner of the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

“Intense emotional impact . . . Indelibly affecting . . . Alice Walker is a lavishly gifted writer.” The 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

“Marvelous characters . . . A story of revelation . . . One of the great books of our time.” Essence

The Color Purple has been read and reread by millions. Forget lilac, mauve and lavendar: this is the royal purple.” The Times



About Alice Walker

Alice Walker won the Pulitzer prize and the American Book Award for The Color Purple. She is the author of many bestselling novels, essays and collections of poetry including Meridian, By the Light of My Father's Smile and The Third Life of Grange Copeland.



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