This morning Knopf confirmed that Toni Morrison had passed away at the age of 88. It goes without saying that she was an amazing writer. She was so smart and talented, and the characters she crafted will live with me forever. I was 21 years old when I first read The Bluest Eye. Morrison broke … Continue reading Toni Morrison.
Synopsis Spare and unsparing, God Help the Child—the first novel by Toni Morrison to be set in our current moment—weaves a tale about the way the sufferings of childhood can shape, and misshape, the life of the adult. Spare and unsparing, God Help the Child is a searing tale about the way childhood trauma shapes … Continue reading God Help the Child by Toni Morrison
Synopsis The story of Desdemona from Shakespeare's Othello is re-imagined by Nobel Prize laureate Toni Morrison, Malian singer and songwriter Rokia Traoré, and acclaimed stage director Peter Sellars. Morrison's response to Sellars’ 2009 production of Othello is an intimate dialogue of words and music between Desdemona and her African nurse Barbary. Morrison gives voice and depth to the female … Continue reading Desdemona by Toni Morrison
Synopsis Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl, prays every day for beauty. Mocked by other children for the dark skin, curly hair, and brown eyes that set her apart, she yearns for normalcy, for the blond hair and blue eyes that she believes will allow her to finally fit in. Yet as her dream grows … Continue reading The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Synopsis In the 1680s the slave trade in the Americas is still in its infancy. Jacob Vaark is an Anglo-Dutch trader and adventurer, with a small holding in the harsh North. Despite his distaste for dealing in “flesh,” he takes a small slave girl in part payment for a bad debt from a plantation owner … Continue reading A Mercy by Toni Morrison