AUTHOR: Alice Walker
PUBLISHER: Harvest Books
LANGUAGE: English
DATE: 2006
PAGES: 288
ISBN:
0156031825
AWARDS: Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1983), National Book Award for Fiction (Hardcover) (1983), National Book Critics Circle Award Nominee for Fiction (1982), Townsend Prize for Fiction (1984)

The Color Purple

by Alice Walker

A powerful cultural touchstone of modern American literature, The Color Purple depicts the lives of African American women in early twentieth-century rural Georgia. Separated as girls, sisters Celie and Nettie sustain their loyalty to and hope in each other across time, distance and silence. Through a series of letters spanning twenty years, first from Celie to God, then the sisters to each other despite the unknown, the novel draws readers into its rich and memorable portrayals of Celie, Nettie, Shug Avery and Sofia and their experience. The Color Purple broke the silence around domestic and sexual abuse, narrating the lives of women through their pain and struggle, companionship and growth, resilience and bravery. Deeply compassionate and beautifully imagined, Alice Walker’s epic carries readers on a spirit-affirming journey towards redemption and love.

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A love interest character (Shug) is sexually fluid / attracted to multiple genders. Author Alice Walker said of her own identity, “I’m not lesbian; I’m not bisexual; I’m not straight. I’m just curious.”

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