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Paradise by Toni Morrison

The acclaimed Nobel Prize winner challenges our most fiercely held beliefs as she weaves folklore and history, memory and myth into an unforgettable meditation on race, religion, gender, and a far-off past that is ever present—in prose that soars with the rhythms, grandeur, and tragic arc of an epic poem.

Paradise opens with one of Morrison’s most raw and Faulknerian scenes: early one morning in 1976, nine men from the town of Ruby, Oklahoma—population 360, all black—unleash an assault upon a convent seventeen miles away. The misfortunes suffered in Ruby, the men believe, come from the convent women, who are rumored to engage in witchcraft and abortion.

From this fateful moment of collision, Morrison takes us back to the town’s origins in 1890, when it was founded by former slaves. She then guides us through Ruby’s tumultuous journey through the twentieth century, as generations are born and lost, as racial turmoil shakes the nation. As time wears on, the residents of Ruby become ever more convinced that they must isolate themselves in order to preserve their freedom and dignity. Richly imagined and elegantly composed, Paradise is a deeply resonant allegory, one of Morrison’s most ambitious works.

“A fascinating story, wonderfully detailed. . . . The town is the stage for a profound and provocative debate.” — Los Angeles Times

Author: Toni Morrison
Publisher: Vintage
Publish Date: 2014
Page Count: 336
Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0804169888
ISBN-13: 978-0804169882

Edition: 14


ISBN: 9780804169882

Price: $18.00

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