The Color Purple (Prebound)

By Alice Walker

Turtleback Books, 9781417632817, 288pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2003

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (12/10/2019)
Prebound (5/1/2003)
Mass Market Paperback (4/1/1990)
Mass Market (11/1/2006)
Paperback (5/28/2003)
MP3 CD (6/30/2015)
Prebound (11/1/2006)
MP3 CD (3/12/2019)
Compact Disc (4/2/2010)
Paperback (11/1/2007)

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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.