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Book Group: Beloved, by Toni Morrison

Tuesday, May 24, 2022 23 Iyyar 5782

7:00 PM - 8:30 PMZoom Room Bet

Winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize, Toni Morrison’s Beloved is a spellbinding and dazzlingly innovative portrait of a woman haunted by the past. 

Sethe was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has borne the unthinkable and not gone mad, yet she is still held captive by memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. Meanwhile Sethe’s house has long been troubled by the angry, destructive ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved.  Sethe works at beating back the past, but it makes itself heard and felt incessantly in her memory and in the lives of those around her. When a mysterious teenage girl arrives, calling herself Beloved, Sethe’s terrible secret explodes into the present.

Morrison’s writing is direct, powerful and always creative. Her command of the language is truly staggering.  Combining the visionary power of legend, the unassailable truth of history and the creative of a master story teller, Morrison’s unforgettable novel is one of the great and enduring works of American literature.  If you have never read it, or if you have read it a dozen times, this novel has much to offer the reader.

Discussion led by David Newman in Zoom Room Bet.

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