The Color Purple (Compact Disc)
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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
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.