1. I’ve seen the movie, which is crazy good, but never read the book. I think it probably needs to be on the list of “must read before I die”. I’ve got alot of catching up to do in this category. I am about to help start a literary society at the club where we belong, and I think this would be a perfect suggestion.

  2. I agree! This is simply an amazing book. One of the books you must read before you die. I read it when I was a teen, and then early in my twenties. I lived in a total bubble and honestly this was the first book I read that dealt with the issue of racism. It forever changed my life. I try to read it at least once a year.

  3. Epistolary novels don’t always work for me, but I absolutely loved it in Color Purple, probably because the narrator didn’t waste time with too many abstract descriptions, wrote the letter just as any real person would write, and kept the letters short. I loved the movie as well, and that’s rare for me. Great review!

  4. Kathleen

    I read this book in college and it completely blew me away. It is definitely on my list to reread. I’m glad you found it to be powerful.

  5. I’ve never read this one, and I didn’t realize until all the reviews of it came along lately that it’s written in letters! Holy crap! That makes me even more curious to read it. Glad it worked so well for you.

  6. I have been meaning to pick this one up for a long time. Every time I see it in the bookstore I usually have my hands full of other books and I keep passing it up in exchange for newer books. Your review, Nicole, makes me think I need to get my act together and purchase a copy sooner rather than later.

  7. I was truly shocked by how beautiful and uplifting this book was – I really wasn’t expecting that.

    Thanks for hosting the read-a-long with me!

  8. I started re-read this for the read-a-long, but I just never got around to finishing it. I remember being blown away by this book when I first read it years ago.

  9. Donna

    Nicole, I really enjoy reading your reviews. They are always so succinct. Mine kind of ramble. In this case, it looks like I re-wrote the book! But there’s a lot to say about it. The links to my read-along responses are at the end of the review. I meant to get this to you earlier; then I ended up not blogging very often last month.

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