The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The Color Purple, Alice Walker, 1982

My favorite quote: “I am an expression of the divine, just like a peach is, just like a fish is. I have a right to be this way…I can’t apologize for that, nor can I change it, nor do I want to…”

Notable characters: Celie, a fourteen-year-old girl; Nettie, her 12-year-old sister; Mister, the man who marries Celie; Shug Avery, a blues singer and Mister’s mistress; Harpo, Mister’s son; Sofia, Harpo’s wife 

Most memorable scene: When Celie curses Mister and doesn’t back down, despite his reply: “Who you think you is? he say. You can’t curse nobody. Look at you. You black, you pore, you ugly, you a woman. Goddam, he say, you nothing at all.”

Greatest strengths: The characters — namely, Celie, who is, in my opinion, one of the most powerful entities to ever exist in literature

Standout achievements: I sincerely believe this book has the power to change minds, hearts, and lives 

Fun Facts: In 1983, The Color Purple won the Pulitzer, making Alice Walker the first black woman to ever win it

Other media: The 1985 Steven Spielberg film of the same name starring Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, and Oprah Winfrey

What it taught me: This is one of those rare books that reaches inside of you and rearranges things. To pin down a single lesson isn’t possible — it opened my eyes in a hundred different ways, and I recommend it to everyone

How it inspired me: I imagine that any writer will come away from this book wanting to dig a little deeper into the meat of their own work. Authors like Walker serve as a lesson in unflinching storytelling and prove that real horror isn’t about ghosts, werewolves, and vampires, but the world we live in, the places we come from, and the future we’ll inherit unless we learn from the past 

Additional thoughts: While there’s a lot about love, loyalty, spirituality, and personal strength in this book, it also dives deep into all the things we don’t like to talk about: racism, sexism, rape, physical and verbal abuse, and hate. It’s uncomfortable, even painful at times. Read it anyway

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Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

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