Toni Morrison is the author of eleven novels, from The Bluest Eye (1970) to God Help the Child (2015). She received the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and in 1993 she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. She died in 2019.
Hearing an author read her own work creates a special ambiance. To hear Morrison read a short, unabridged novel published 24 years ago, to hear in her voice how much she still values the writing, well, who could ask for more? The only drawback is that Morrison, while very much in tune with her characters, often lets her voice drop to a whisper, making these tapes difficult to listen to while driving and almost impossible on a highway with the window open. On the page, Sula is one of her more clearly defined novels‘the friendship and later hatred that envelopes the lives of two black women from "the bottom"‘but the imagistic nature of the writing means listeners may have to replay passages if they want to follow the action. A small price to pay for a masterpiece.‘Rochelle Ratner, formerly with "Soho Weekly News," New York
"Extravagantly beautiful. . . . Enormously, achingly alive. . . . A
howl of love and rage, playful and funny as well as hard and
bitter." --The New York Times "Exemplary. . . . The essential
mysteries of death and sex, friendship and poverty are expressed
with rare economy." --Newsweek "In characters like Sula, Toni
Morrison's originality and power emerge." --The Nation
"Enchanting. . . . Powerful." --Chicago Daily News "Toni
Morrison is not just an important contemporary novelist but a major
figure in our national literature." --The New York Review of
Books "Sula is one of the most beautifully written,
sustained works of fiction I have read in some time. . . .
[Morrison] is a major talent." --Elliot Anderson, Chicago
Tribune "As mournful as a spiritual and as angry as a clenched fist
. . . written in language so pure and resonant that it makes you
ache." --Playboy "In the first ranks of our living novelists."
--St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Toni Morrison's gifts are rare: the
re-creation of the black experience in America with both artistry
and authenticity." --Library Journal "Should be read and passed
around by book-lovers everywhere." --Los Angeles Free