This is the eighth in a series of reviews of books read while under the California Stay-at-Home Order (which commenced March 20, 2020).
Genre/Keywords: Coming of age, African American, Post-Slavery, Race, Contemporary Fiction
Length: 321 pages
Release: Sept 1987
Cost for New Copy: $12.99 on Kindle, $22.83 Hardcover, $12.19 paperback, $14.99 Mass Market Paperback
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This was another book that took a couple of tries for me to get into. There’s a very specific language and perspective in the book, and you are thrown in the deep end from page 1. that said, I thoroughly enjoyed the way Toni Morrison slowly unraveled the story. Just as much, the characters were richly imagined. Such masterful storytelling and structure leads to a book that can be re-read numerous times with new insights gleaned. As hard as this book was to read, both for form and content, the difficulties were worth it. It’s worth noting that if you read this book back in high school, it’s certainly worth a revisit from an adult perspective.