BOOK | Gathering Blossoms Under Fire by Alice Walker, edited by Valerie Boyd (Weidenfeld and Nicolson)
The Colour Purple took the fiction world by storm in 1982. Although it was Alice Walker's fifth book of fiction it came as a bolt from the blue. Narrated by 14-year-old Celie, using black vernacular English, it showed us the world of some black women in the United States of America, and the lives of their husbands, fathers, lovers, including some lovers that were women.
Courageous, powerful and frank, it won the Pulitzer Prize in 1983, and Walker never looked back.