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God help the child

by Morrison, Toni,

Format: Large Print 2015
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Spare and unsparing, God Help the Child --the first novel 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.

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 fierce and provocative novel that adds a new dimension to the matchless oeuvre of Toni Morrison.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This novel is brief for Morrison brief for most any major novelist. There is a lot of foundational information for readers to quickly learn in the opening pages. Brevity for Morrison doesn't mean cutting out lots of plot development and character presentation. It means that the usual amount of that kind of elaboration is condensed in fewer pages than what would be expected. So there is no wading into the story and gathering at a measured pace all the important clues about people and events that the reader ordinarily has time to absorb and process. The theme can be gleaned from the title. This is a novel about how psychological damage in childhood influences the way an adult leads his or her life. Four voices, four characters the primary one being Bride, born so dark-skinned that her light-skinned mother was loathe to even touch her give solo articulation to their hurts when young and the consequent dented versions of their adult selves. Now, the strength of the novel and it does indeed gain compelling strength is that it becomes a swirl of deep emotions, sucking the reader in, which is good, because the point of the novel is to empathize as deeply as possible with what these characters experience. High-Demand Backstory: A new Morrison novel? Stock up. Enough said.--Hooper, Brad Copyright 2015 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Morrison's latest novel finds adults struggling to overcome the emotional scars of childhood. The story begins with the birth of Lula Ann Bridewell, a deep blue-black-skinned baby whose light-skinned mother cannot stand to touch her. Grown-up Lula Ann transforms herself into Bride, a glamorous fashion executive who still yearns for love and acceptance in her personal life. Amid preparations for the launch of her signature cosmetics line, Bride offers a gift bag of cash and cosmetics to parolee Sofia Huxley, the kindergarten teacher Bride accused of sexual abuse 15 years before. Sofia's angry rejection of Bride's present, coinciding with the departure of Bride's lover, inspires such self-doubt that Bride fears regressing into Lula Ann. Morrison reads with tremendous insight and empathy for the characters, vividly bringing them to life. Every emotional nuance-yearning, bewilderment, anger, love, self-empowerment-resonates in her voice, making this a powerful audio experience that elevates Morrison's already remarkable and memorable prose. A Knopf hardcover. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Maternal rejection -- Fiction.
African Americans -- Fiction.
Mothers and daughters -- Fiction.
Large type books.
Publisher New York :2015
Edition First large print edition.
Language English
Description 211 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780804194822
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