The Color Purple - Alice Walker

The Color Purple

By Alice Walker

  • Release Date: 2011-09-20
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 357 Ratings


Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, this novel about a resilient and courageous woman has become a Broadway show and a cultural phenomenon.

A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick

Celie has grown up poor in rural Georgia, despised by the society around her and abused by her own family. She strives to protect her sister, Nettie, from a similar fate, and while Nettie escapes to a new life as a missionary in Africa, Celie is left behind without her best friend and confidante, married off to an older suitor, and sentenced to a life alone with a harsh and brutal husband.
In an attempt to transcend a life that often seems too much to bear, Celie begins writing letters directly to God. The letters, spanning twenty years, record a journey of self-discovery and empowerment guided by the light of a few strong women. She meets Shug Avery, her husband’s mistress and a jazz singer with a zest for life, and her stepson’s wife, Sophia, who challenges her to fight for independence. And though the many letters from Celie’s sister are hidden by her husband, Nettie’s unwavering support will prove to be the most breathtaking of all.
The Color Purple has sold more than five million copies, inspired an Academy Award–nominated film starring Oprah Winfrey and directed by Steven Spielberg, and been adapted into a Tony-nominated Broadway musical. Lauded as a literary masterpiece, this is the groundbreaking novel that placed Walker “in the company of Faulkner” (The Nation), and remains a wrenching—yet intensely uplifting—experience for new generations of readers.

This ebook features a new introduction written by the author on the twenty-fifth anniversary of publication, and an illustrated biography of Alice Walker including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.

The Color Purple is the 1st book in the Color Purple Collection, which also includes The Temple of My Familiar and Possessing the Secret of Joy.


  • Truths

    By paulathevalley
    The more I wonder, he say, the more I love.
  • Increadible

    By MsMadalena
    Words can not describe what this book is to me. It is increadibly profound and made me proud to be a woman. Not to mention, Alice Walker’s use of vernacular and detail is flawless and effective.
  • Multiple reads brings multiple discoveries

    By archetype67
    Each time I read this novel, I find different things to love. First, it was that Celie loved women, then it was how her conception of God changes through the novel, then how all the women grew, but only after eliminating the men in their lives (and how some of the men grew when the women stepped away.) This reading however, I was more struck by Walker's prose. Some complain of the difficulty of the dialect, but I found the opposite — perhaps because I tend to 'hear' the language of books and am a slow reader because of it. Walker's use of the dialect makes the book sing with the rhythms and metaphors of a culture. The reader can 'hear' Celie's growth, and listen to the world Celie in habits through her language. There is a brilliance to Walker for daring to write in the Black vernacular of the early 20th Century and daring the reader to read it. Had her story not been so powerful, so resonate, many would have dismissed the novel. But Walker proved that good story can overcome bias and cultural differences.

    By Bluboiness
    This book was mad dope. Such a great read. I loved everything about it!!!
  • Great buy

    By YahBoyMonty
    A Spectacular Book ! Very detailed at times unlike the movie but both are amazing. Well done, a must buy !
  • The color purple

    By Anointed-1
    Never a better novel, my altimeter favorite!!!!!!
  • The Color Purple

    By LB7276
    It's a great book!
  • Great!

    By DevlinHuxtable
    I can't believe I saw the movie & play well before reading the book. I have a totally new outlook on this story.
  • Graphic

    By Marissa Martinezz
    It's pretty detailed at times... I wouldn't recommend it to someone under the age of 14. But other than that it's a great book!
  • Happy it's Digital

    By Mookimook
    I read The Color Purple when I was around 12. And it has always stayed in my memory, love this book.