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God Help the Child

By Toni Morrison
God Help the Child by Toni Morrison digital book - Fable

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER • A New York Times Notable Book • This fiery and provocative novel from the acclaimed Nobel Prize winner 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.”        

“Powerful.... A tale that is as forceful as it is affecting, as fierce as it is resonant.” —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

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3.5
Multi-layered charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writing
Red Angry Face“It was a challenging book to get through. Not because of the language it was beautifully written like I expect of Toni Morrison, but because of all the rippling of trauma that happens. The book travels through the lives of 4 individuals that ripple out from one another. All connected and all reveal their pain. But the original person to begin the ripples is Sweetness a light skinned black woman who gives birth to Bride, a blue black daughter she is disgusted by. The only time she gives her any sort of affection or sense of pride is when Bride lies and puts an innocent woman in jail. Bride then only finds love in a man that beats her. The man who beats her also has trauma and it continues. It is not a feel good story, but a reflection of the reality that we live in that our actions and words can change the course of a persons life in drastic ways.”
Believable charactersDiverse charactersMulti-layered charactersEasy to read

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