The Color Purple (Paperback)

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"Thankfully, I was never forced to read The Color Purple in school, so I could
give it a chance as an adult. I have never read a more human book
before. Alice Walker weaves these stories together that all hit on the
essential elements to being human: love, forgiveness, mettle, faith,
knowledge, and perseverance. And, it’s just so sweet. The earnestness of
Celie’s words just bring you to a place that is so precious and
vulnerable that you can’t help but connect with and love her. It is now
my favorite feminist novel. These women are beautiful in their
transformations and love for each other in a time that was incredibly
cruel and socially unjust. I can’t think of a better book for all young
women to read.”

— Katie G.


A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize * Winner of the National Book Award
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

About the Author

ALICE WALKER is an internationally celebrated writer, poet, and activist whose books include seven novels, four collections of short stories, four children’s books, and volumes of essays and poetry. She won the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction in 1983 and the National Book Award.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780156028356
ISBN-10: 0156028352
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: May 28th, 2003
Pages: 304
Language: English