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Alice Malsenior Walker (born February 9, 1944), the eighth and youngest child of Minnie Tallulah Grant and Willie Lee Walker. She is an American author, poet, and activist best known for the critically acclaimed novel The Color Purple (1982) for which she won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
The manuscript Blue Lines is the fictional coming of age narrative of a young California woman Key Yemaya Walker, and her 2 year growing journey through school, love, and life period piece, written by Kenneth Suffern, Jr., taking place at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill between the years of 1997 – 1998. Loosely based on true events, and experiences during that time, told through the eyes and voice of the main female protagonist, a freshman first attending the school.