The Color Purple (Movie Tie-In): A Novel (Media tie-in)

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The inspiration for the new film adaptation of the Tony-winning Broadway musical starring Taraji P. Henson, Halle Bailey, and Fantasia Barrino. 

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.


A powerful cultural touchstone of modern American literature, The Color Purple depicts the lives of African American women in early-twentieth-century rural Georgia. Separated as girls, sisters Celie and Nettie sustain their loyalty to and hope in each other across time, distance, and silence. Through a series of letters spanning nearly thirty years, first from Celie to God, then from the sisters to each other, the novel draws readers into a rich and memorable portrayal of Black women—their pain and struggle, companionship and growth, resilience and bravery.

Deeply compassionate and beautifully imagined, The Color Purple breaks the silence around domestic and sexual abuse, and carries readers on an epic and spirit-affirming journey toward transformation, redemption, and love.