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  • Writer's pictureEvangeline Lawson

Sula by Toni Morrison

"Even now on the hottest day anyone in Medallion could remember---a day so hot flies slept and cats were splaying their fur like quills, a day so hot pregnant wives leaned up against trees and cried, and women remembering some three-month-old hurt put ground glass in their lovers' food and the men looked at the food and wondered if there was glass in it and ate it anyway because it was too hot to resist eating it---even on this hottest of days in the hot spell, Eva shivered from the biting cold and stench of that outhouse." Sula, by Toni Morrison

Since I'm all about the non-spoiler review and this book would be so easy to spoil because it is just that dynamic, definitely a conversation piece, and I want to talk about the main characters so badly, I will instead focus on the gift that is Toni Morrison's ability to take the most basic occurrence, like the weather, and give us the most vividly beautiful description. Her way with words is otherworldly, in that you can be instantly transported to the time, space and mood of a scene.

Laced with Morrison's signature tropes of the supernatural and social state of the Black community, Sula goes beyond the exploration of relationships, into the examination of how the depths of that relational love can be manipulated and morphed into something equal parts beautiful and terrifying. #BLWNLreadathon

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