Toni Morrison’s ‘Home’ is a powerful story

“Home,” by Toni Morrison. Copyright 2012, Vintage Books, $14, 146 pages.

Reviewed by Brittany Carter
Times-News correspondent
teens20@thetimesnews.com

   There are many reasons why Author Toni Morrison’s latest best-selling novel “Home” is the receiver of the Nobel Prize in literature. Beautifully yet simply written, “Home” is the touching story of an African-American man, Frank Money, and briefly chronicles select (and oftentimes surprising) experiences in his life from his childhood in small-town segregated Georgia, to his experience fighting in the Korean War, to his journey to save his beloved and fragile sister, Cee. In the brief 146 pages comprising this fiction novel, Frank Money provides a view into his mind that is both interesting and, if we are being honest, a little frightening at times.
This is a novel written so that readers of all ages may enjoy it. However, it should also be noted that Morrison’s characters encounter obstacles that are perhaps better suited for a mature audience. This is the type of book you can read in one sitting — not only because of its length and simplicity, but also because it is impossible to put down.
   “Home” deals with some pretty hefty issues and Morrison aptly relates a fiction novel which, at one point in American history, could have been all but fiction. The reader will be drawn into the world of what it was like to be an African-American man and an African-American woman, what it was like to grow up in a place where discrimination and poverty were the norm as well as the difficulties of coping with the memories of war in a country that recognizes not a soldier who sacrificed his life fighting for his country, but the color of that soldier’s skin.
This is a novel that is thought-provoking, while at the same time entertaining. It is a novel that begs the question: What would you do in Frank Money’s situation? If nothing else, “Home” will leave you feeling more empowered than you were before.

 Brittany Carter is a junior at UNC-Chapel Hill and a Teens & Twenties writer.

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