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20 Jun 2013

From the Nobel Prize-winning author of Beloved comes a dazzling new novel set in 1950s America in the aftermath of the Korean War

It begins with a letter from a woman Frank has never met. A pleading letter. A letter that closed his throat.

'Come fast. She be dead if you tarry.'

And that is it all it takes.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (20 Jun 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0099555948
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099555940
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Toni Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993. She is the author of many novels, including The Bluest Eye, Beloved (made into a major film), Paradise and Love. She has also received the National Book Critics Circle Award and a Pulitzer Prize for her fiction.

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"Pulsing with imaginative energy. Home is a compact triumph" (Sunday Times)

"Beautifully, sparely written.lingers in the mind long after the final page is turned" (Ion Trewin Sunday Express)

"Morrison's writing is so deft that even barely sketched characters leap off the page" (Sunday Telegraph)

"Toni Morrison still has the power to shock and deliver hope" (Good Housekeeping)

"Each word resounds with sultry, heat-oppressive Georgia" (Spectator)

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The powerful new novel from Nobel Prize-winner Toni Morrison, author of Beloved, that excavates the pain of a soldier's homecoming in 1950s America

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Goods in Small Parcels! 29 Nov 2013
By Pigwin
Toni Morrison is a recipient of both the Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Prize for literature. Her latest novel Home, like her last Novel A Mercy, is more a novella in terms of length and yet, in a mere 147 pages, Morrison manages to tell the tale of three generations of a family, their traumas, the harshness of their lives and the devastating effects of war on those who fight such wars and live to tell the tale. The story is told in alternating narratives i.e., Frank's first-person narration and a third-person narration, a ploy that allows for some interesting nuances.

Morrison's prose is at times lyrical, always fluid and yet manages to be trenchant as she deals with serious issues of race, gender, the destructive effects of war and man's inhumanity to man.

Her latest novel set in the 1950s, features Frank who has returned from the Korean War to his home in an America riven by racial tension. Frank is obviously suffering from what today would be diagnosed as Post Traumatic Stress disorder as a result of physical and psychological trauma suffered on the front line. When we first encounter Frank he is incarcerated in hospital wearing restraints; he manages to escape and when he learns that his young sister Cee is close to death he decides he must return to the small town of Lotus in Georgia where he and Cee were brought up . Frank has no love nor feelings of nostalgia for Lotus, a place that holds childhood memories of hardship and deprivation. He is also extremely reluctant to face the families of his two boyhood friends who perished in the Korean war and whose deaths continue to haunt him. Yet he can think of no other place to bring Cee to recuperate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written 9 Jan 2014
Toni Morrison produced a compelling and brilliant story from this intriguing setting, based on the aftermath of war, especially on those who carried it out, depicting Franck's life and world in ways I can not describe. Her setting is wide, varied, rich and colorful; something that is expected for a story with such a bearing. The characters are engaging and insightful and the unfolding plot is compelling. This is a rich theme. I first hard my insight into it from reading Disciples of Fortune and later from watching Legends of the Fall. I got to understand why those some people who experienced war's ugliness, and come out more humane, end up loathing it or the world that encourages it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and thought provoking. 29 Aug 2013
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The text is quite sparse but every word hits its mark. There is a power to this book, and it leaves you with a lingering disquiet about how African Americans were ( and still are) treated in the world's greatest democracy. I shall be reading more of the author's work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quick service 24 Oct 2013
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Great school reading book for a fraction of the price of other books on line. Well worth buying this one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Where the heart is 18 Sep 2013
By bebe
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I have not yet read this book so it would be unfair to rate it.I have enjoyed Toni Morrison's work immensly and am confident that I may return to rate it with 5 stars.
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