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belovedI read two books by Toni Morrison in a row.  This was a good book, but I did not like it as much as I liked The Bluest Eye.  This was such a sad and disturbing book.  It was a horrible time in history and all of the characters were so very, very damaged.  It was hard to read, but Beloved is definitely worth reading.

Goodreads describes the book:

Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby.

Sethe was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. Her new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved.

Filled with bitter poetry and suspense as taut as a rope, Beloved is a towering achievement by Nobel Prize laureate Toni Morrison.

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