God Help the Child

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Alfred A. Knopf, 2015 - Fiction - 178 pages
A New York Times Notable Book

One of the Best Books of the Year: San Francisco Chronicle, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Kansas City Star

At the center: a young woman who calls herself Bride, whose stunning blue-black skin is only one element of her beauty, her boldness and confidence, her success in life, but which caused her light-skinned mother to deny her even the simplest forms of love. There is Booker, the man Bride loves, and loses to anger. Rain, the mysterious white child with whom she crosses paths. And finally, Bride's mother herself, Sweetness, who takes a lifetime to come to understand that "what you do to children matters. And they might never forget."
A fiery and provocative novel, God Help the Child--the first book 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.

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I went into this with no expectations and found a powerful, moving, and vulnerable love story. A love story within a family, with a lover, and above all, with oneself. Morrison has said so much ... Read full review

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User Review  - MizzBirdsong - LibraryThing

I have not felt as moved by a book -- especially the ending -- as I have by this one in a very long time. This one will certainly influence my own writing. Read full review

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About the author (2015)

Toni Morrison is the author of eleven novels, from The Bluest Eye (1970) to God Help the Child (2015). She received the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and in 1993 she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. She died in 2019.

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