Picks and Pans Review: The Color Purple

updated 12/27/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/27/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Alice Walker

She tells (in a black English that is both poetic and unpretentious) a powerful story, but the author's real gift is making readers care, deeply, what becomes of her novel's unlikely heroine.

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