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Song of Solomon

by Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison’s incandescent third novel begins with the birth of Milkman Dead and traces his epic journey from small-town Michigan to rural Virginia. As Milkman explores the twisted roots of his family’s history, he travels down a path of obsessive love, bitter rivalries, and more than one ghost. At its heart, Song of Solomon is a lyrical coming-of-age saga, but it feels profoundly intimate even as it goes big, exposing the deep psychic wounds inflicted on generations of African Americans by enslavement and racism. In Morrison’s legendary hands, Milkman’s extraordinary story of discovery and betrayal pulsates with life.

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Recommendations: 1

Categories: ClassicsLiterature & FictionHistorical Fiction

Reading time: 910 hours


Bozoma Saint John
Marketing Executive and Businesswoman

“I love Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon. Her writing style is incredibly poetic and complex. She doesn’t “allow” any laziness in reading her work; so beyond the incredible story, I learned to take my time to absorb the characters, and to reread passages when there was so much to unpack.”