The Color Purple by Alice Walker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This was my second epistolary novel in as many weeks and again a good read. Celie is a poor, black girl, barely literate and writing letters to God. Be warned that the story contains some pretty shocking events, including, in the opening chapter, the rape of Celie by her father. Sad and brutal for a large part, but ultimately hopeful Walker explores many themes including love, gender, race, religion, marriage, family, and sexuality. A worthwhile read and although I can't agree with Walker's ideas about God there is plenty to think about in this novel.