Won a Pulitzer Prize in 1983. A feminist novel about an abused and uneducated black woman's struggle for empowerment, the novel was praised for the depth of its female characters and for its eloquent use of black English vernacular.
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Celie is a poor black woman whose letters tell the story of
20 years of her life, beginning at age 14 when she is being
abused and raped by her father and attempting to protect
her sister from the same fate, and continuing over the
course of her marriage to "Mister," a brutal man who
terrorizes her. Celie eventually learns that her abusive
husband has been keeping her sister's letters from her and
the rage she feels, combined with an example of love and
independence provided by her close friend Shug, pushes her
finally toward an awakening of her creative and loving self.
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