Toni Morrison is one of those rare authors for whom no amount of superlatives is enough. She’s received a Pulitzer Prize, the Nobel Prize, and, most recently, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Thus any new Toni Morrison publication is an important event—and the release of her newest novel, Home, is yet another milestone publication in an unparalleled literary career.
Home is a compact novel that nevertheless packs a mighty punch. The Washington Post writes, “This scarily quiet tale packs all the thundering themes Morrison has explored before. She's never been more concise, though, and that restraint demonstrates the full range of her power.” Never one to shy away from big, complex themes, in Home, Morrison brings to life the struggles of Frank, an African-American Korean War veteran returning to his racist hometown. He risked his life for his country on the battlefield, but has gained no more respect from his fellow countrymen than when he left for war.
Frank soon channels his frustration and anger into tracking down his troubled younger sister to bring her home. The weight of the world may be too much for one man to bear, but when love and family obligation come into play, Frank is able to muster the courage he needs to make things right.
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