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The Color Purple

by Alice Walker

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Set in the deep American south between the wars, this is the classic tale of Celie, a young poor black girl. Raped repeatedly by her father, she loses two children and then is married off to a man who treats her no better than a slave. She is separated from her sister Nettie and dreams of becoming like the glamorous Shug Avery, a singer and rebellious black woman who has taken charge of her own destiny. Gradually Celie discovers the support of women that enables her to leave the past behind and begin a new life.

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The Color Purple Synopsis

The classic, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel that made Alice Walker a household name. Set in the deep American South between the wars, The Color Purple is the classic tale of Celie, a young black girl born into poverty and segregation. Raped repeatedly by the man she calls 'father', she has two children taken away from her, is separated from her beloved sister Nettie and is trapped into an ugly marriage. But then she meets the glamorous Shug Avery, singer and magic-maker - a woman 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.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781474607254
Publication date: 31st August 2017
Author: Alice Walker
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 288 pages
Collections: 80+ Must-read Novels by Black Writers - Black Lit Matters, 60+ works of feminist-minded fiction - Women’s Words,
Primary Genre Modern and Contemporary Fiction
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The Color Purple Press Reviews

Add this great book to your collection now.  Pride Magazine

One of the most haunting books you could ever wish to read ... it is stunning - moving, exciting, and wonderful  Lenny Henry

A stunning, brilliantly conceived book . . . a saga filled with joy and pain, humor and bitterness, and an array of characters who live, breathe and illuminate the world of black women Publishers Weekly

A fable for the modern world  Washington Post

Alice Walker is a lavishly gifted writer  New York Times 

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Publication date: 04/07/2019
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About Alice Walker

Alice Walker won the Pulitzer prize and the American Book Award for The Color Purple. She is the author of many bestselling novels, essays and collections of poetry including Meridian, By the Light of My Father's Smile and The Third Life of Grange Copeland.

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