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Sula (Vintage International)
by Toni Morrison

Published: 2004-06-08
Paperback : 192 pages
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Two girls who grow up to become women. Two friends who become something worse than enemies. In this brilliantly imagined novel, Toni Morrison tells the story of Nel Wright and Sula Peace, who meet as children in the small town of Medallion, Ohio. Their devotion is fierce enough to ...
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Two girls who grow up to become women. Two friends who become something worse than enemies. In this brilliantly imagined novel, Toni Morrison tells the story of Nel Wright and Sula Peace, who meet as children in the small town of Medallion, Ohio. Their devotion is fierce enough to withstand bullies and the burden of a dreadful secret. It endures even after Nel has grown up to be a pillar of the black community and Sula has become a pariah. But their friendship ends in an unforgivable betrayal—or does it end? Terrifying, comic, ribald and tragic, Sula is a work that overflows with life.

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In that place, where they tore the nightshade and blackberry patches from their roots to make room for the Medallion City Golf Course, there was once a neighborhood. It stood in the hills above the valley town of Medallion and spread all the way to the river. It is called the suburbs now, but when black people lived there it was called the Bottom. One road, shaded by beeches, oaks, maples and chestnuts, connected it to the valley. The beeches are gone now, and so are the pear trees where children sat and yelled down through the blossoms to passersby. Generous funds have been allotted to level the stripped and faded buildings that clutter the road from Medallion up to the golf course. They are going to raze the Time and a Half Pool Hall, where feet in long tan shoes once pointed down from chair rungs. A steel ball will knock to dust Irene's Palace of Cosmetology, where women used to lean their heads back on sink trays and doze while Irene lathered Nu Nile into their hair. Men in khaki work clothes will pry loose the slats of Reba's Grill, where the owner cooked in her hat because she couldn't remember the ingredients without it. ... view entire excerpt...

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  "Sula"by [email protected] (see profile) 02/07/18

So tiring.

 
by Ljwagoner (see profile) 09/16/17

Toni Morrison dives straight to the center of women and friendships. The writing seems to include many undeveloped characters and story lines, but at its heart takes a look at the life long friendship... (read more)

 
  "Sula"by ustoeckl (see profile) 03/17/15

Be as truthful as you can when admitting that you have never been in the shoes of the protagonists, and therefore not really fit to judge their actions, if you are a caucasion person and not an African... (read more)

 
  "I am not a big Toni Morrison fan, however the book is well written. It captures the essence of friendship, while at the same time explores the trials of friendship."by raylene (see profile) 11/28/07

 
  "Captivating story of friendship and mother daughter bonds."by karinehart (see profile) 09/29/06

Written in the poetic voice that is Morrison's trademark, this is a wonderful story of two friends and thier journeys through life. Intertwined is an examination of the complexity of mother daughter relationships.... (read more)

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