Front Cover
Alfred A. Knopf, 2006 - Fiction - 316 pages
1172 Reviews

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Toni Morrison's Beloved is a spellbinding and dazzlingly innovative portrait of a woman haunted by the past.


Sethe was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has borne the unthinkable and not gone mad, yet she is still held captive by memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. Meanwhile Sethe's house has long been troubled by the angry, destructive ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved.

Sethe works at beating back the past, but it makes itself heard and felt incessantly in her memory and in the lives of those around her. When a mysterious teenage girl arrives, calling herself Beloved, Sethe's terrible secret explodes into the present.


Combining the visionary power of legend with the unassailable truth of history, Morrison's unforgettable novel is one of the great and enduring works of American literature.

(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)


What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

Undeniably beautiful prose. - Goodreads
This book was confusing and difficult to read at first. - Goodreads
Such an inventive and juicy writer! - Goodreads
I was disappointed in the storytelling of this book. - Goodreads
Stark visuals and incredible detail and language. - Goodreads
It's very well written and seems well researched. - Goodreads

Review: Beloved (Toni Morrison Trilogy #1)

User Review  - Kathy - Goodreads

There is a very sad story hidden in the pages of this book. Unless you are a 19th century slave, it is extremely difficult to read. But I finished it! Read full review

Review: Beloved (Toni Morrison Trilogy #1)

User Review  - Drunken_orangetree - Goodreads

Heart-breaking book about slavery. Read full review

Selected pages

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2006)

Toni Morrison is the Robert F. Goheen Professor of Humanities at Princeton University. She has received the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize. In 1993 she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. She lives in Rockland County, New York, and Princeton, New Jersey.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Bibliographic information