Song of Solomon (Prebound)
The master of American letters turns her insightful, piercing gaze upon the world of men in her third, National Book Critics Circle Award-winning novel. Using the hollow and leisurely life of Macon "Milkman" Dead as a point of departure, Morrison's hypnotic third novel explores themes of heritage, manhood, parent-child relationships, and the powers and pressures of taking responsibility for one's life. All packaged in her trademark razor's edge prose.— Malik
Milkman Dead was born shortly after a neighborhood eccentric hurled himself off a rooftop in a vain attempt at flight. For the rest of his life he, too, will be trying to fly. With this brilliantly imagined novel, Toni Morrison transfigures the coming-of-age story as audaciously as Saul Bellow or Gabriel Garci a Ma rquez. As she follows Milkman from his rustbelt city to the place of his family's origins, Morrison introduces an entire cast of strivers and seeresses, liars and assassins, the inhabitants of a fully realized black world.