• Type: Books
  • By: Toni Morrison
  • Age Category: Adults
  • Genre: General Fiction
  • Recommended by: Sam W.
  • ISBN/UPC: 9781400033416
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"Definitions belong to the definers, not the defined."

Someone more eloquent than myself said that Beloved is the great American novel that was never written. Beloved was published in 1987 but it truly feels like a book that could (and should) have been written in the 19th century. Inspired by the true story of Margaret Garner, an enslaved woman who upon being captured under the Fugitive Slave Act, killed her child and attempted to kill her other children and herself, as freedom in death was preferable to a life enslaved. Beloved is a ghost story, and left me haunted long after having finished it. If you haven't read any Toni Morrison, this is a great place to start.