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THE COLOR PURPLE by Alice Walker.
The Color Purple is a 1982 epistolary novel, winner of the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award for Fiction. It was later adapted into a film and musical of the same name. Taking place mostly in rural Georgia, the story focuses on the life of women of color in the southern United States in the 1930s, addressing numerous issues including their exceedingly low position in American social culture. The novel has been the frequent target of censors because of the sometimes explicit content, particularly in terms of violence.
A FATAL GRACE by Louise Penny.
In this long-running mystery series, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec digs beneath the idyllic surface of village life in Three Pines, finding long buried secrets and facing a few of his own ghosts. Penny has won the New Blood Dagger as well as multiple Agatha, Anthony, Dilys, Arthur Ellis, and other prestigious awards for these intriguing, character-driven mysteries.
WHISTLING PAST THE GRAVEYARD by Susan Crandall.
The summer of 1963 starts like any other for nine-year-old Starla Claudelle. Born to teenage parents in Mississippi, Starla is being raised by a strict paternal grandmother, whose worst fear is that Starla will turn out like her mother. Starla hasn't seen her momma since she was three when she left for Nashville and a singing career. When Starla decides to run away to find her momma, the adventure begins.