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The Color Purple (1982)

Written by Alice Walker

Winner of the National Book Award as well as the Pulitzer Prize, The Color Purple established Alice Walker as a major voice in modern fiction. 

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.

Alice Walker's unforgettable portrait of Celie and her friends, family, and lovers is rich with passion, pain, inspiration, and an indomitable love of life. Beautifully imagined and deeply compassionate, The Color Purple is a classic of American literature. (Copyright © Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.)

Source:  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

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