Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Home, Toni Morrison, Fiction. Morrison's latest novel tells the story of Frank Money's voyage to save his sister, and ultimately himself. This slim offering from Morrison veers from Frank's memory of his childhood to his current trip to find his sister, who is dying. Interspersed throughout are notes in italics - the truth that Frank wants us to know during the telling of his story - as if it is just too sad to write the true tale. Frank is freshly home from Korea and interred in a mental hospital ward where he receives word his sister is dying. He escapes and makes his way to Cee, with only the note as his guide to finding her. Witnessing the racism during his trip is astounding and heart -wrenching, but perhaps most horrific was not the racially induced medical research performed on his sister, but the acceptance of what the Doctor was doing because he was in a position of authority. As readers, we are able to heal with Frank and Cee because of the grace of a group of women and their refusal to let a woman lose herself in grief. Beautifully written, it only takes one scene to be moved by the healing and understanding that Frank and Cee aquiesce from a simple act on a sunny afternoon, but thankfully Morrison leaves us with many more to fill our heads.
Thursday, August 2, 2012