The Color Purple

by Walker, Mildred Year Published:
From childhood rape to poverty and abuse, Celie must overcome the misogyny of the men in her life and American racism to become an independent and free individual. Through 20 years of letters to her missionary sister, the reader shares Celie’s fears and frustrations with her husband, and her joys and hopes with her friend Shug. Often perceived as an indictment of men, this is also a tribute to the indestructible human spirit as it pursues a dream.