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Toni Morrison - Nobel-prize Winning Classcis

Toni Morrison is one of the most famous American women writers of our time, as a Pulitzer prize winner and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She also received the Nobel Prize for Literature. Her latest great novel is scheduled for release in April 2015.

The Bluest Eye (1970)

Pecola Breedlove wishes for beauty (blond hair and blue eyes. Her dark skin, curly hair, and brown eyes--all set her apart from the other children. Toni Morrison explores issues of race, class, and gender in this (her first) novel.

Sula (1973)

Toni Morrrison tells the story of Nel Wright and Sula Peace, who grew up in Ohio as best friends through all the trials and tribulations of growing up (through bullies and secrets in childhood to their inevitable evolution into adulthood). It's also a story about betrayal and the aftermath.

Song of Solomon (1977)

Centering around Milkman Dead, he was born to fly (or at least he spends his life in the attempt, following in the footsteps of the haphazard attempt that coincided with Milkman's birth). Here's a controversial and beautifully wrought novel.

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Tar Baby (1981)

Tar Baby (1981)
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Beloved (1987)

Beloved (1987)
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Jazz (1992)

Jazz (1992)
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Paradise (1997)

Paradise (1997)
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Love (2003)

Love (2003)
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A Mercy (2008)

A Mercy (2008)

Here's another controversial (and bestselling) novel from Toni Morrison. At the heart of this poetic novel, there's Florens, a young slave girl who was abandoned by her mother.

Home (2012)

Frank Money returns from the Korean War to an America still rocked by racism and apathy. Like James Welch's Winter in the Blood, the novel is a search for identity (a rediscovery of self).

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God Help the Child (2015)

God Help the Child (2015)

The novel centers around Bride, a beautiful woman... She's bold, confident and successful. Unloved by her light-skinned mother (Sweetness), she tells a lie...