The Color Purple


Written by Alice Walker

9781780228716 | Paperback | pp. 262 | 2014 | Orion Books

The Color Purple is a 1982 epistolary novel by American author Alice Walker which won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award for Fiction. It chronicles the journey of self discovery and liberation of the broken spirited Celie, and shows how a chance meeting can change and mold a life.

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Set in the deep American South between wars, it is the tale of Celie, a young black girl born into poverty and segregation. Raped repeatedly by a man she calls “father”, she has two children taken away from her, is seprated from her beloved sister Nettie and is trapped into an ugly marriage. But then she meets the glamourous Shug Avery, singer and magic-maker — a women who has taken charge of her own destiny. Gradually, Celie discovers the power and joy of her own spirit, freeing her from her past and reuniting her with those she loves.

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About the Author

The author won the Pulitzer Prize and the National 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 collections of short stories, essays and poetry, as well as children’s books. Her work has been translated into more than two dozen languages, and her books have sold over 15 million copies.


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