The Color Purple by Alice Walker

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Taking place mostly in rural Georgia, the story focuses on female black life during the 1930s in the Southern United States, addressing the numerous issues including their exceedingly low position in American social culture. The novel has been the frequent target of censors and appears on the American Library Association list of the 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990-1999 at number seventeen because of the sometimes explicit content, particularly in terms of violence.

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The 169th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 5th on Radcliffe's 100 Best Novels (Radcliffe Publishing Course)
  2. - 8th on Koen Book Distributors Top 100 Books of the Past Century (themodernnovel.com)
  3. - 9th on The Celebrity Reading List (Gardiner Public Library)
  4. - 18th on The Best Southern Novels of All Time (Oxford American)
  5. - 45th on Entertainment Weekly's Top 100 Novels (Entertainment Weekly)
  6. - 56th on The 100 Favorite Novels of Librarians (Bookman.com)
  7. - The 100 Greatest American Novels, 1893 – 1993 (Jeff O'Neal at Bookriot.com)
  8. - The 50 Books Everyone Needs to Read, 1963-2013 (Flavor Wire)
  9. - National Book Award - Fiction (National Book Foundation)
  10. - The Book of Great Books: A Guide to 100 World Classics (Book)
  11. - 100 Life-Changing Books (National Book Award)
  12. - Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (Pulitzer Prize)
  13. - Select 100 (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
  14. - 50 Books to Read Before You Die (Barnes and Noble)

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