Home (Morrison Novel) Background

Home (Morrison Novel) Background

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison wrote Home in 2012; it is a quiet storm of a novel, with quietly powerful prose; it is the story of a twenty-four year old black veteran of the Korean War named Frank Money. He returns home from the war to find a segregated homeland, having spent the war in an integrated Army. He is suddenly called to Atlanta, Georgia, to rescue his sister, Cece, after receiving a mysterious note urging him not to be tardy or else. Frank escapes from a mental institution in order to go to his sister's aid. He hurries to find her, and rescues her from the home of a doctor who is experimenting on her, using her womb as research into his medical obsession. Frank and Cece also make right things that have been troubling them for most of their lives, before returning to Lotus, Georgia, where they grew up, and still the only place they feel that they truly belong.

Home is Morrison's tenth novel, and it received mixed reviews, although for the most part these were positive. Her first big award came in 1987 when she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her novel Beloved, but her best-known work is Song of Solomon, primarily because it was featured on Oprah Winfrey's Book Club, and also because Winfrey loved the book so much she named one of her dogs Solomon after the novel. More accolades followed; she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993. She has often been lauded as a feminist writer, but she herself does not identify her work in this way, despite the fact that most of her novels have strong female protagonists. She stated that she was against a patriarchal society but she did not want to try to fit her work into any other box either; she just wrote, and let the characters evolve, rather than directing their narrative to fit any particular political or sociological viewpoint.

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