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Powerful is too tame a word to describe Toni Morrison’s searing novel of post-Civil War Ohio. Morrison, whose myth-laden storytelling shone in Song of Solomon and other novels, has created an unforgettable world in this novel about ex-slaves haunted by violent memories.
Before the war, Sethe, pregnant, sent her children away to their grandmother in Ohio, whose freedom had been paid for by their father. Sethe runs too, but when her “owners” come to recapture her, she attempts to murder the children, succeeding with one, named Beloved. This murder will haunt Sethe for the rest of her life and affect everyone around her. This is a fascinating, grim, and relentless story.
Adapted from Library Journal review