The Color Purple
By Alice Walker
Paperback, 295 pages
1982, Pocket Books
Celie grows up in the home of her abusive father and ailing mother, desperate to save her younger sister Nettie from the same fate. The girls move out after their mother’s death, but when Nettie leaves town, Celie finds herself married to a man she barely knows and tasked with raising his children from a previous marriage. Celie is resigned to her fate, simply hoping to hear from her sister, until her husband’s lover, Shug Avery, comes to stay during an illness. Rather than becoming rivals, the two women become friends and Celie finds a bravery in herself she never knew she possessed.
This isn’t an easy book to read, content-wise, but I read it in a handful of hours.