America’s most celebrated novelist, Nobel Prize-winner Toni Morrison extends her profound take on our history with this twentieth-century tale of redemption: a taut and tortured story about one man’s desperate search for himself in a world disfigured by war.Frank Money is an angry, self-loathing... show more
America’s most celebrated novelist, Nobel Prize-winner Toni Morrison extends her profound take on our history with this twentieth-century tale of redemption: a taut and tortured story about one man’s desperate search for himself in a world disfigured by war.Frank Money is an angry, self-loathing veteran of the Korean War who, after traumatic experiences on the front lines, finds himself back in racist America with more than just physical scars. His home may seem alien to him, but he is shocked out of his crippling apathy by the need to rescue his medically abused younger sister and take her back to the small Georgia town they come from and that he’s hated all his life. As Frank revisits his memories from childhood and the war that have left him questioning his sense of self, he discovers a profound courage he had thought he could never possess again. A deeply moving novel about an apparently defeated man finding his manhood—and his home.
Publish date: May 8th 2012
Pages no: 147
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Adult Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, African American
Having read this, I cannot stop thinking of my elderly Jewish friend, a Holocaust survivor. I'm not an American, but I was born in a country where literally a half of the total Holocaust death toll took place, and sometimes, speaking to her - and she is a wonderful, humorous, beautiful human being -...
I heard the author interviewed on the CBC and decided to try her latest book.Having read it, I'm left with a strong feeling of not being the intended audience, which is fine. The prose was very beautiful, and pretty brutal at times, but I mostly failed to connect with the story. I'm not sure why. I ...
Home is spare and beautifully written. It's remarkably small for such a richly described and emotional book. There aren't many wasted words. Most importantly, Morrison takes me far away from my home and comfort zone to show me something new.
Frank is a black Korean War veteran, a year out, suffering PTSD, imprisoned in a mental hospital for actions he cannot remember. He has been engaging in a range of self-destructive behaviors that have led him to this bedraggled state. He had received a letter concerning his sister, “Come fast. She ...
Powerful, painful, and moving.