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Beloved
Sethe is a runaway slave living with her kids and an old lady. Sethe was abused a whole lot by her master, so she took off with her kids and has tried to live a decent life ever since, but a tragedy has kept her from being happy- namely, when she was almost captured by her master she killed her little girl to keep her from being a slave. The master thought she was looney, which she was, so he didn't bother bringing her back to the plantation. Now, yea...
Jazz
Told in a musical style, Jazz is the story of a love triangle between three people living in Harlem during the Jazz Age. Although the events in the book are not given in chronological order, flattened out, the plot goes something like this: Joe and Violet trace meet and get married in rural Virginia. In 1901 they are evicted from their land. In 1906 Joe and Violet ride the train into New York City and begin a new life there, Joe as a door-to-doo...
Paradise
A group of women attempt to overcome the status quo of "Paradise" by setting up their own commune, only to suffer the consequences of their actions. Racial hated and gender issues abound, but the true message of the story is an analogy about myth making and bending history to fit personal prejudices....
Song of Solomon
Milkman comes of age in Michigan in a Black family alienated from one another. He falls in love with and ultimately betrays his cousin Hagar, who tries to kill him. While trying to find gold that his aunt, Pilate, supposedly stole from under her brother's nose, Milkman discovers the story of his ancestors and the love between them. This quest is complicated by his best friend, Guitar, who believes he stole the gold and is trying to kill him....

Morrison booklist

Sula
Two friends share experiences from childhood. Somewhat surreal because the reader has to decide whether these experiences were good or mostly tragic....
The Bluest Eye
The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison, tells the story of a girl named Pecola. Pecola is an eleven year old who is basically described as poor, black, and ugly. Through Pecola's characterization, Toni Morrison is able to illustrate issues of race, class, and gender and the effects that thesse issues can have upon a society. The story is narrated by a friend of Pecola, Claudia, who divulges to the reader her hatred of the white beauty standard. C...


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