"Toni Morrison is a literary artist of the first rank. She delves into the language itself, a language she wants to liberate from the fetters of race. And she addresses us with the lustre of poetry." --The Nobel Prize Committee, 1993
Toni Morrison, Ohio native and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the Nobel Prize in Literature, examines our cultural obsession with beauty & conformity — and asks questions about race, class, & gender with her characteristic subtly & grace in her first novel, The Bluest Eye.
Described as “so precise, so faithful to speech & so charged with pain & wonder that the novel becomes poetry” (The New York Times), Morrison tells the story of l, Pecola Breedlove—an 11-year-old Black girl in an America whose love for its blonde, blue-eyed children can devastate all others— prays for her eyes to turn blue: so that she will be beautiful, so that people will look at her, so that her world will be different. This is the story of the nightmare at the heart of her yearning, & the tragedy of its fulfillment.