Two girls who grow up to become women. Two friends who become something worse than enemies. In this brilliantly imagined novel, Toni Morrison tells the story of Nel Wright and Sula Peace, who meet as children in the small town of Medallion, Ohio. Their devotion is fierce enough to withstand bullies and the burden of a dreadful secret. It endures even after Nel has grown up to be a pillar of the black community and Sula has become a pariah. But their friendship ends in an unforgivable betrayal—or does it end? Terrifying, comic, ribald and tragic, Sula is a work that overflows with life.
"You can't go wrong by reading or re-reading the collected works of Toni Morrison. Beloved, Song of Solomon, The Bluest Eye, Sula, everything else — they're transcendent, all of them. You’ll be glad you read them."--Barack Obama
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In the early 1920s in a small Ohio town, friends Nel and Sula are inseparable, until a series of tragedies causes Sula to leave town under a cloud of gossip and rumor. But her return years later upends Nel’s orderly, settled life. Toni Morrison shows us the complexity of both women—the nonconforming Sula isn’t just a “bad girl” and her role in the community is just as vital as Nel’s, whose prim, upstanding reputation hides emotions and desires every bit as tempestuous as her friend’s. Years before “intersectionality” became a common term, Morrison honors the lives and experiences of black women through these two unforgettable characters, and examines the strengths and the limitations of being black and being a woman in a time and place where both were often viewed as second-class citizens. It resonates as much today as it did upon its 1973 publication.