Toni Morrison

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God Help The Child

book | Fiction | Apr 2015

Toni Morrison’s fierce and provocative novel exposes the damage adults wreak on children, and how this echoes through the generations.

Sweetness wants to love her child, Bride, but she struggles to love her as a mother should.

Bride, now glamorous, grown up, ebony-black and panther-like, wants to love her man, Booker, but she finds herself betrayed by a moment in her past, a moment borne of a desperate burn for the love of her mother. Booker cannot fathom Bride’s depths, with his own love-lorn past bending him out of shape. Can they find a way through the damage wrought on their blameless childhood souls, to light and happiness, free from pain?

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Reviews

A chilling oracle and a lively storyteller, Nobel winner Morrison continues the work she began 45 years ago with The Bluest Eye.

Kirkus Reviews (starred)
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Emotionally-wrenching . . . Nobel laureate Morrison explores characteristic themes of people held captive by inner struggles; the delusion of racism; violence and redemption. Her literary craftsmanship endures with sparse language, precise imagery, and even humor. This haunting novel displays a profound understanding of American culture and an unwavering sense of justice and forgiveness.

Publishers Weekly (starred)
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Sly, savage, honest, and elegant.

Lisa Shea
Elle
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A book to be read twice at a minimum — the first time for the story, and the second time to savor the language, the gems of phrasing and the uncomfortable revelations about the human capacity both to love and destroy.

Deesha Philyaw
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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Succinct but beautiful, with a powerful message that will reach readers of all demographics, because frankly, we all have things in our pasts we'd like to change. The power is not in time travel; the power is in realizing we must move on and push forward to succeed.

Sara Dobie Bauer
She Knows
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Buzzfeed
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Every page contains at least one passage of breathtaking prose, a lyrical flow accentuated by stark imagery and laden with poetic contrasts.

Chris Vognar
The Dallas Morning News
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A slim, modest work that still manages to pack an emotional wallop.

Thrity Umrigar
The Boston Globe
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Morrison has a Shakespearean sense of tragedy, and that gift imbues God Help the Child. The ending is exquisite, bringing to mind Gwendolyn Brooks' wonderful lines: ‘Art hurts. Art urges voyages -- and it is easier to stay at home'.

Karen R. Long
Newsday
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A brisk modern-­day fairy tale with shades of the Brothers Grimm

Kara Walker
The New York Times Book Review
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Another unflinching, gorgeously written story

The San Francisco Chronicle
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