January - February 2020 Selection
In connection with More Than a Month, our celebration of Black History, the January/February On the Same Page selection is Beloved by the late Toni Morrison. Arguably Morrison’s masterpiece, Beloved exemplifies her groundbreaking narrative style, striking characters, ability to capture racial tension and transform history into a compelling story. Beloved won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the American Book Award, and Morrison received the Nobel Prize in Literature several years later. Set in post-Civil War Ohio, Beloved examines the legacy of slavery as it follows the life of Sethe, a former slave from the plantation Sweet Home, held prisoner by her traumatic “rememory.” Sethe’s past reveals itself in flashbacks as she and her daughter Denver live in a house haunted by an angry ghost. When Paul D, also a former slave from Sweet Home, comes to live with them, the normalcy he brings is suddenly belied by the mysterious appearance of a young woman with the name of Beloved.
About the Author
“She is a friend of my mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order.”