The Color Purple

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781399620857

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In rural Georgia, sisters Celie and Nettie share the pain and struggle of growing up as African American women. Forced into an abusive marriage, at least Celie can offer Nettie refuge from their violent father in her new home – until Nettie catches the attention of Celie’s husband and is forced to leave and forge her own journey.

Through a series of letters spanning twenty years, the sisters sustain their hope in each other across time, distance and silence, in a triumph of resilience, bravery and ultimately, love.

‘Indelibly affecting’ New York Times
‘A lush celebration of all that it means to be a Black female’ Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


She is one of the most gifted writers in her country
Isabel Allende
A unique blend of serenity and immediacy that makes your senses ache
Helen Dunmore
Add this great book to your collection now.
PRIDE MAGAZINE (1 September 2004)
Alice Walker is a lavishly gifted writer
New York Times
A story about Black women living in the intersections of racialized and gendered violence, who find liberation through community with each other. A brutal and beautiful novel
Brit Bennett, bestselling author of The Vanishing Half
The Color Purple is a work to stand beside literature for any time and any place. It needs no category other than the fact that it is superb
Rita Mae Brown
The Color Purple is a lush celebration of all that it means to be female, to be a black female and like the best of celebrations, it is an honest one. Alice Walker's honesty in this book is combative, relentless and redemptive. It is from this honesty that bitterness emerges, and yet the bitterness never blights the encompassing humanity of Walker's vision.I love that The Color Purple doesn't try to soften its blows but is also courageous enough to hold on to a wonderfully affirming faith in possibility, in forgiveness and kindness and hope.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The great irony about The Color Purple is that it transcends colour. To do that you have to be a magician or a genius. This book works on all levels, the political, the historical, the personal, the emotional, the spiritual . . . Not a word is wasted, every breath accounted for. We all know that this is one of the greatest books of all time.
Benjamin Zephaniah
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
This made Alice Walker the first black woman to win a Pulitzer Prize. It's a fascinating but tough read because it deals with the abuse of women and children. Despite the brutality, it's filled with hope and optimism
Joan Armatrading, My Six Best Books, DAILY EXPRESS
A fable for the modern world
Washington Post
A genuinely mind-expanding book.
Patrick Ness, GUARDIAN
One of the most haunting books you could ever wish to read ... it is stunning - moving, exciting, and wonderful
Lenny Henry