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Book review: God Help the Child by Toni Morrison

By Anthony Cummins   May 2015

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Toni Morrison, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993, is known best for novels that examine the history of race in the US. Her new book moves into the present day to reflect on child abuse, a theme equally predisposed to the powerful but sometimes schematic sense of despair that governs her work.

The main character, Bride, was rejected by her mother at birth because of her dark skin, winning affection only when (aged eight) she testified against a teacher accused of raping pupils. We join the…

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