Stylist Magazine ran an interview with Toni Morrison in a recent issue, and I realised that, though I knew of her, I hadn’t yet read her. It felt like an unforgiveable oversight that needed to be remedied immediately.
Conscious of my ever-increasing Kindle bill, I went to the library and borrowed her 2012 novel Home. I was gripped from the first chapter to the last.
Morrison’s themes of racial conflict, women’s repression and the effects of war are hefty. She doesn’t flinch from raw violence and the darker side of humanity. But throughout this small book, we see redeeming qualities: faith, courage and kindness. The hope in the story far outweighs the despair and keeps you turning pages.
Well, that, and Morrison just writes so damn well. Continue reading