NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • An official Oprah Winfrey’s “The Books That Help Me Through” selection • With this brilliantly imagined novel, the acclaimed Nobel Prize winner transfigures the coming-of-age story as audaciously as Saul Bellow or Gabriel García Márquez.
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. As Morrison follows Milkman from his rustbelt city to the place of his family’s origins, she introduces an entire cast of strivers and seeresses, liars and assassins, the inhabitants of a fully realized Black world.
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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.