Written as a series of letters to God, Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel tells the story of Celie, a 14-year-old girl living in the South, who is repeatedly raped and abused by the men around her. The Color Purple looks at how African-American women live a life of oppression at the hands of men, showing the importance of sisterhood. In the novel, Walker blurs traditional gender roles for men and women, offering up Celie as a strong heroine who uses her letters to God as an outlet for self-discovery. A beautiful but often confronting read, The Color Purple shares a timeless message.