THE ICONIC CLASSIC, WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZEONE OF THE BBC ‘100 NOVELS THAT SHAPED OUR WORLD”A lush celebration of all that it means to be a black female. 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 Color Purple is my go-to comfort novel. Every single time I read this book, I walk away as a slightly better person than I was when I picked it up’ Tayari Jones’I think that The Color Purple was the first book that made me think that I could try to be a writer – or that made me aware that a young black woman from the South could write about the South’ Jesmyn Ward ‘I got the book and read it, in one day, when it came out.
And then I went back, the next day, and bought every copy they had’ Oprah Winfrey A powerful cultural touchstone of modern American literature, The Color Purple depicts the lives of African American women in early twentieth-century rural Georgia. Sisters Celie and Nettie share the pain and struggle of growing up as African American women in early twentieth-century rural Georgia. 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 – first from Celie to God, then between the two sisters – they manage to sustain their hope in each other across time, distance and silence, in a triumph of resilience, bravery and ultimately, love. Beloved by generations of readers, The Color Purple broke the silence around domestic and sexual abuse, narrating the lives of women through their pain and struggle, companionship and growth, resilience and bravery. ‘One of the most haunting books you could ever wish to read.
It is stunning – moving, exciting and wonderful’ Lenny Henry’The Color Purple needs no category other than the fact that it is superb’ Rita Mae Brown’The great irony about The Color Purple is that it transcends colour. One of the greatest books of all time’ Benjamin Zephaniah ‘A unique blend of serenity and immediacy that makes your senses ache’ Helen Dunmore’ A genuinely mind-expanding book’ Patrick Ness ‘Indelibly affecting… Alice Walker is a lavishly gifted writer’ New York Times’One of the great books of our time’ Essence Magazine’A work to stand beside literature of any time and place’ San Francisco Chronicle