The Color Purple (Paperback)

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There's a reason many people consider this novel a classic.  The Color Purple follows Celie, a black woman growing up in the rural American South in the early 20th century, and her rich life of love, loss and human connection. The prose is lurid and detailed: be prepared to copy down quotes as you read because truths about love and life are plentiful throughout the text.  This is an essential depiction of black womanhood and sexuality, and an ageless classic for the new era.

— Emily M., bookseller


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