God Help The Child

Paperback | January 26, 2016

byToni Morrison

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The new novel from Nobel laureate Toni Morrison.

Spare and unsparing, God Help the Child is a searing tale about the way childhood trauma shapes and misshapes the life of the adult. At the centre: a 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 until she told a lie that ruined the life of an innocent woman, a lie whose reverberations refuse to diminish.... Booker, the man Bride loves and loses, whose core of anger was born in the wake of the childhood murder of his beloved brother ... Rain, the mysterious white child, who finds in Bride the only person she can talk to about the abuse she's suffered at the hands of her prostitute mother ... and Sweetness, Bride's mother, who takes a lifetime to understand that "what you do to children matters. And they might never forget."

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The new novel from Nobel laureate Toni Morrison.Spare and unsparing, God Help the Child is a searing tale about the way childhood trauma shapes and misshapes the life of the adult. At the centre: a woman who calls herself Bride, whose stunning blue-black skin is only one element of her beauty, her boldness and confidence, her success i...

TONI MORRISON is the author of 11 novels, from The Bluest Eye (1970) to Home (2012). She has received the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize. In 1993 she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. She lives in New York.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 7.9 × 5.2 × 0.54 inPublished:January 26, 2016Publisher:Knopf CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307399761

ISBN - 13:9780307399762

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Lacklustre but okay I think it lacked depth and kept waiting for a little more. However the subject matter regarding parenting, race and abuse made a profound impact which saved the book from a unfavorable rating.
Date published: 2015-08-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Heart-breaking and riveting. This book, like so many by Toni Morrison, is not for the faint of heart nor will it appeal to everyone. But it is done in Morrison's style- beautiful, haunting, and thoughtfully written.
Date published: 2015-07-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from God Help the Child This story went a little too fast. So many things happened in a short amount of time and when tragedy struck, it struck often, almost seemed comical really. The story line was good, but it seemed like a grocery store romance novel. Not my choice as best book.
Date published: 2015-05-27