The Third Life of Grange Copeland - Alice Walker

The Third Life of Grange Copeland

By Alice Walker

  • Release Date: 2011-11-22
  • Genre: African American
4 Score: 4 (From 17 Ratings)


From the New York Times–bestselling author of The Color Purple: A “moving, tender” novel of a Deep South tenant farmer’s quest for a new life (Publishers Weekly).

Grange Copeland, a deeply conflicted and struggling tenant farmer in the Deep South of the 1930s, leaves his family and everything he’s ever known to find happiness and respect in the cold cities of the North. This misadventure, his “second life,” proves a dismal failure that sends him back where he came from to confront his now-grown-up son’s disastrous relationships with his own family, including Grange’s granddaughter, Ruth Copeland, a child that Grange grows to love. Love becomes the substance of his third and final life. He spends it in devotion to Ruth, teaching and protecting her—though the cost of doing so is almost more than he can bear.

From a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner, this is an “honest sensitive tale . . . leavened by those moments of humor and warmth that have enabled men and women to endure so much tragedy” (Chicago Daily News).
 This ebook features an illustrated biography of Alice Walker including rare photos from the author’s personal collection. “Walker dares to reveal truths about men and women, about blacks and whites, about God and love. . . . And we, like Alice Walker's marvelous characters, come away transformed by knowledge and love but most of all by wonder.” —Essence 
 “Alice Walker is a lavishly gifted writer.” —The New York Times Book Review 
 “Graphic and authentic . . . moving, tender, and all too tragic.” —Publishers Weekly Alice Walker (b. 1944), one of the United States’ preeminent writers, is an award-winning author of novels, stories, essays, and poetry. In 1983, Walker became the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for fiction with her novel The Color Purple, which also won the National Book Award. Her other novels include The Third Life of Grange Copeland, Meridian, The Temple of My Familiar, and Possessing the Secret of Joy. In her public life, Walker has worked to address problems of injustice, inequality, and poverty as an activist, teacher, and public intellectual.


  • I could only make it halfway through the book...

    By Dough DRT
    So my review may not be fair, but it has been such a bleak story, so dark and miserable, that I can't bear it any longer. I rarely quit on a book, but I see no other way out. Perhaps, from page 170 on, Grange becomes a kind and loving man to his wife and grand daughter, but it would take a lot to counter the hideous physical abuse I've seen up to this page. Southern life at it's very worst, in the nineteen thirties and forties. Not for me, thanks.
  • Remarkable

    It is truly a gift when a book causes - no, demands that you stop and think about your assumptions. Not only is this book about intimate partner violence, child abuse and neglect and oppression, it also provides basis for discussion regarding human nature, religion and poverty and the ability of people to change, to hope and to love.
  • The Third Life of Grange Copeland

    By LB7276