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The Color Purple by Alice Walker

This is the story of Celie, a fourteen year old in the American Deep South. Raped by her father and forced into a harsh marriage, her relationships with all men are fraught and difficult. In contrast, love and support mark her relationships with women. In Celie Walker succeeds in creating one of the most memorable characters in contemporary American fiction.
Alice Walker was born in Georgia. The Color Purple won a Pulitzer Prize.

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The Color Purple by Alice Walker