Genre: Historical Fiction
Length: 304 pages
Audiobook Length: 7 hours and 58 minutes
First Published: 1982
A powerful cultural touchstone of modern American literature, The Color Purple depicts the lives of African American women in early twentieth-century rural Georgia. Separated as girls, sisters Celie and Nettie sustain their loyalty to and hope in each other across time, distance and silence. Through a series of letters spanning twenty years, first from Celie to God, then the sisters to each other despite the unknown, the novel draws readers into its rich and memorable portrayals of Celie, Nettie, Shug Avery and Sofia and their experience. 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. Deeply compassionate and beautifully imagined, Alice Walker’s epic carries readers on a spirit-affirming journey towards redemption and love.
Quotes from The Color Purple
I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.
Time moves slowly, but passes quickly.
The more I wonder, the more I love.
A grown child is a dangerous thing.
Movie Trailer for The Color Purple (1985)
About Alice Walker
Alice Walker is an author whose works include The Temple of My Familiar, Possessing the Secret of Joy, and The Color Purple, which won the Pulitzer Prize. Walker currently lives in Northern California.