Editor’s note: Before the book’s May 8 release, we’ll publish the official DoNY review. Meanwhile, enjoy this first look from a blogger.
oni Morrison’s much-anticipated new novel takes place in the 1950s and deals with the themes of racism; war and its effects on those involved; eugenics and the medical abuse of black women; family; friendship; and honor. Home embodies everything we have come to expect from this Nobel Prize winning author–beautiful writing, tough subjects, realistic characters, and lots of soul-searching.
The story begins with a childhood memory of Frank and his sister, Cee, and that memory–among others–will come back to haunt Frank throughout the book. He and his sister have gone to check out the horses in a field near their home in Lotus, Georgia, but end up witnessing a group of white men secretly burying a black man (who seems to still be alive, although barely). Both children are terrified by what they see, but Frank is the self-proclaimed protector of his younger sister, so he does his best to remain strong and keep her calm. They don’t know who the man was, and they don’t try to find out… Continue Reading.