“Alice Walker is a lavishly gifted writer.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Superb . . . A work to stand beside literature of any time and place.” —San Francisco Chronicle
From the Back Cover
The Color Purple is the story of two sistersone a missionary to Africa and the other a child wife living in the Southwho remain loyal to one another across time, distance, and silence. Beautifully imagined and deeply compassionate, this classic of American literature is rich with passion, pain, inspiration, and an indomitable love of life.
"Intense emotional impact . . . Indelibly affecting . . . Alice Walker is a lavishly gifted writer."The New York Times Book Review
"Places Walker in the company of Faulkner."The Nation
"Superb . . . A work to stand beside literature of any time and place."San Francisco Chronicle
"The Color Purple is an American novel of permanent importance."Newsweek
"Marvelous characters . . . A story of revelation . . . One of the great books of our time."--Essence
[banner] Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award
Bestselling novelist Alice Walker is also the author of three collections of short stories, three collections of essays, six volumes of poetry and several children's books. Her books have been translated into more than two dozen languages. Born in Eatonton, Georgia, Walker now lives in northern California.