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Read the searing first novel from the celebrated author of Beloved, which immerses us in the tragic, torn lives of a poor black family in post-Depression 1940s Ohio.
Unlovely and unloved, Pecola prays each night for blue eyes like those of her privileged white schoolfellows. At once intimate and expansive, unsparing in its truth-telling, The Bluest Eye shows how the past savagely defines the present. A powerful examination of our obsession with beauty and conformity, Toni Morrison’s virtuosic first novel asks powerful questions about race, class, and gender with the subtlety and grace that have always characterised her writing.
‘She revealed the sins of her nation, while profoundly elevating its canon. She suffused the telling of blackness with beauty, whilst steering us away from the perils of the white gaze. That’s why she told her stories. And why we will never, ever stop reading them’ Afua Hirsch
‘Discovering a writer like Toni Morrison is rarest of pleasures’ Washington Post
‘When she arrived, with her first novel, The Bluest Eye, she immediately re-ordered the American literary landscape’ Ben Okri
Winner of the PEN/Saul Bellow award for achievement in American fiction
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Nobel and Pulitzer Prize–winning author Toni Morrison’s debut novel has been met with controversy over the decades due to its unblinking portrayals of racism, inequality, and sexual violence. The Bluest Eye follows the tragic lives of two young African American girls in a small Ohio town in the 1940s. The engrossing novel reflects the harsh realities of its time and place, but Morrison’s lyrical writing and powerful empathy for her characters shine bright. The result is a sobering yet ultimately hopeful vision of how Black women are taught to see themselves and others.