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The Color Purple

The Color Purple

Author: Alice Walker

Year Published: 1983

Description: Alice Walker was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award in fiction for this novel that begins with the story of 14-year-old Celie in rural Georgia in the first half of the 20th century. In their short lives, Celie, along with her sister Netti, experience tremendous sexual and physical violence from those who are entrusted with their care. As Celie matures into adulthood, she experiences the fraught dynamics of the community that surrounds her in the economically marginalized South. As she gains independence from the racist and sexist circumstances of her youth, Celie confronts her changing spirituality and sexuality. When Netti resurfaces after many years of absence, the book traces her experience as a missionary in Africa, providing meditations on the global aspects of womanhood, race and community.

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'I think us here to wonder, myself. To wonder. To ast. And that in wondering bout the big things and asting bout the big things you learn about the little ones, almost by accident.'

The Color Purple

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