It was recently announced that award-winning novelist Toni Morrison’s new novel “God Help the Child” will hit the shelves in April, 2015. For fans of this brilliant writer, the six-month wait will be a long one.
Morrison has been dazzling readers with her elegantly incisive prose for decades now with novels like “The Bluest Eye,” “Song of Solomon” and “Beloved.”
There has always been something about Morrison’s work that has thrilled me. It could be her masterful, musical command of words or merely the tales she tells that slice and pierce my soul.
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Or it could be the characters she crafts so expertly that I think on them all these years later as though they are old friends.
Toni Morrison Writes
Consider this beautiful passage from “Beloved”:
“There is a loneliness that can be rocked. Arms crossed, knees drawn up, holding, holding on, this motion, unlike a ship’s, smooths and contains the rocker. It’s an inside kind–wrapped tight like skin. Then there is the loneliness that roams. No rocking can hold it down. It is alive. On its own. A dry and spreading thing that makes the sound of one’s own feet going seem to come from a far-off place.”
Morrison attaches such a vivid picture to the very human experience of loneliness. But, in Morrison’s gifted hands, the sadness is brought to life with such stark imagery that it’s difficult not to pause and ponder before reading on in the story.
Despite this genius, Morrison’s books have often been misunderstood and there have been attempts to ban her work from libraries and the reading public.
This would be a disaster. In today’s current climate of racial unrest, it’s imperative that future generations have access to Morrison’s work, which emboldens the historical Black American experience in a most personal and profound way. It’s impossible to read her work and not be transfixed by such an intimate portrayal of the human spirit.
Whether you write poetry or short stories or non-fiction, all writers should introduce themselves to the brilliance that is Toni Morrison.
Do you agree? If so, which is your favorite book? Tell me in the comments section below.