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The Color Purpleby Alice Walker
Synopses & Reviews
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.
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award,The Color Purpleis the moving story of a young womans endurance of shame and suffering to become whole and to know God. The novel became an instant classic and has been adapted into a film and musical. Paired here withThe Temple of My Familiar, which the author describes as “a romance of the last 500,000 years,” this edition brings together two works that established Walker as a major voice in modern fiction.
This new edition celebrates the 10th anniversary of Walker's Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winner. "If it is true that it is what we run from that chases us, then The Color Purple is the book that ran me down while I sat with my back to it in a field".--from Walker's new preface.
About the Author
Best-selling novelist ALICE WALKER is also the author of three collections of short stories, three collections of essays, six volumes of poetry, and several childrens 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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