God Help the Child by Toni Morrison audiobook

God Help the Child: A novel

By Toni Morrison
Read by Toni Morrison

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The new novel from Nobel laureate Toni Morrison Spare and unsparing, God Help the Child is a searing tale about the way childhood trauma shapes and misshapes the life of the adult. At the center is a woman who calls herself Bride, whose stunning blue-black skin is only one element of her beauty, her boldness and confidence, her success in life, but which caused her light-skinned mother to deny her even the simplest forms of love until she told a lie that ruined the life of an innocent woman, a lie whose reverberations refuse to diminish. Booker is the man Bride loves and loses, whose core of anger was born in the wake of the childhood murder of his beloved brother. Rain is the mysterious white child, who finds in Bride the only person she can talk to about the abuse she’s suffered at the hands of her prostitute mother. Sweetness is Bride’s mother, who takes a lifetime to understand that “what you do to children matters. And they might never forget.”

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Summary

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A 2015 New York Times Book Review Notable Book

A New York Times bestseller

An Amazon Best Book of the Month in Literary Fiction for April 2015

A BookPage Top Pick in Literary Fiction for May 2015

The new novel from Nobel laureate Toni Morrison

Spare and unsparing, God Help the Child is a searing tale about the way childhood trauma shapes and misshapes the life of the adult. At the center is a woman who calls herself Bride, whose stunning blue-black skin is only one element of her beauty, her boldness and confidence, her success in life, but which caused her light-skinned mother to deny her even the simplest forms of love until she told a lie that ruined the life of an innocent woman, a lie whose reverberations refuse to diminish.

Booker is the man Bride loves and loses, whose core of anger was born in the wake of the childhood murder of his beloved brother.

Rain is the mysterious white child, who finds in Bride the only person she can talk to about the abuse she’s suffered at the hands of her prostitute mother.

Sweetness is Bride’s mother, who takes a lifetime to understand that “what you do to children matters. And they might never forget.”

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Morrison . . . proved with God Help the Child that her writing is still as fresh, adventurous and vigorous as ever . . . Morrison’s characteristically deft temporal she fits and precisely hones language deliver literary riches galore. And which this novel is very readable, the pleasure is in working for its deeper rewards. The Observer  
Like a Picasso painting telling a story in a multi-dimensional series of superimposed snapshot as each character becomes ever more rounded and complete. Independent on Sunday
Not for nothing has Morrison been garlanded with a Novel Prize, Pulitzer and National Book Critics Circle Award. There’s always a sense of grand occasion when Morrison releases a book, and with good reason: the journey is always vivid, dazzling and rich, each paragraph a mealy morsel in its own right. A highly personal and affecting tale that manages to be deftly political, God Help the Child is emotionally rousing and gut-wrenching. Irish Independent
True to style, the Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning Morrison uses simple yet poetic prose as she tackles timely issues in a timeless way. Big Issue in the North
Succinct but beautiful, with a powerful message that will reach readers of all demographics, because frankly, we all have things in our pasts we'd like to change. The power is not in time travel; the power is in realizing we must move on and push forward to succeed. SheKnows.com
A book to be read twice at a minimum — the first time for the story, and the second time to savor the language, the gems of phrasing and the uncomfortable revelations about the human capacity both to love and destroy. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Another unflinching, gorgeously written story. San Francisco Chronicle
Every page contains at least one passage of breathtaking prose, a lyrical flow accentuated by stark imagery and laden with poetic contrasts. Dallas Morning News
Morrison has a Shakespearean sense of tragedy, and that gift imbues God Help the Child. The ending is exquisite, bringing to mind Gwendolyn Brooks' wonderful lines: ‘Art hurts. Art urges voyages -- and it is easier to stay at home.’ Newsday  
Powerful . . . attests to her ability to write intensely felt chamber pieces that inhabit a twilight world between fable and realism, and to convey the desperate yearnings of her characters for safety and love and belonging . . . Writing with gathering speed and assurance as the book progresses, Ms. Morrison works her narrative magic, turning the Ballad of Bride and Booker into a tale that is as forceful as it is affecting, as fierce as it is resonant. Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
Toni Morrison is one of the gods who walk among us. A righteous, fearless teller of necessary truths . . . sensually written and commanding. Elissa Schappell, Vanity Fair, May 2015
Another dazzler from Nobel laureate Morrison. Barbara Hoffert’s Fiction Picks, Library Journal
Emotionally-wrenching . . . [Morrison’s] literary craftsmanship endures with sparse language, precise imagery, and even humor. This haunting novel displays a profound understanding of American culture and an unwavering sense of justice and forgiveness. Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
A chilling oracle and a lively storyteller, Nobel winner Morrison continues the work she began 45 years ago with The Bluest Eye. Kirkus (Starred Review)
Sly, savage, honest, and elegant . . . . Morrison spikes elements of realism and hyperrealism with magic and mayhem, while sustaining a sexily poetic and intoxicating narrative atmosphere . . . . Once again, Morrison thrillingly brings the storytelling moxie and mojo that make her, arguably, our greatest living novelist. Lisa Shea, ELLE Magazine
It is a beautiful thing to watch Morrison move characters through the full range of human emotion and into cathartic transformation. Here, Morrison shows us the importance of not holding on to what needs to be put down; the necessity of forgiveness, the necessity of beginning again. Hope Wabuke, The Root
Nobel laureate Morrison continues to add to her canon of eloquent, brilliantly conceived novels defining the crises and cultural shifts of our times  . . . Yet another finely distilled masterpiece. Jane Ciabattari, BBC
Powerful portraits in lean prose . . . . The pieces all fit together seamlessly in a story about beating back the past, confronting the present, and understanding one’s worth. Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal, (starred review)
A slim, modest work that still manages to pack an emotional wallop. Boston Globe
With ‘God Help Help the Child,’ Morrison gives us an unflinching look at the wounds that adults can inflict on children with life-altering consequences . . . By the final page, ‘God Help the Child’ reminds us that few authors can deliver exquisitely written prose as Morrison. Patrik Bass, Essence.com
Toni Morrison [is] still breaking new literary ground . . . a readable and entrancing novel that rivals her earlier work in its powerful range of effects . . . This novel is worth reading on the strength of Morrison’s narrative talents alone. But it also makes an inviting introduction to her entire body of work. ‘God Help the Child’ finds this American legend still breaking new ground and, as always, delivering an uncompromising and memorable novel. Jack Pender, Waterloo Region Record
Morrison is such a masterful writer that even those who don’t prefer stream of conscious novels may find them sucked into these minds, turning page after page of this short novel until they’ve finished the book in one sitting. Sarah Hutchins, Portland Book Review
God Save the Child is superb, its story gliding along the tracks of Morrison’s utterly assured prose. Charles Finch, USA Today (critic's pick)
“Sly, savage, honest, and elegant…Morrison spikes elements of realism and hyperrealism with magic and mayhem, while sustaining a sexily poetic and intoxicating narrative atmosphere.” Elle
A wrenching tale. Entertainment Weekly
Utterly compelling . . . Morrison remains an incredibly powerful writer who commands attention. Roxane Gay, The Guardian
A searing, lyrical story . . . Even Morrison's minor characters are complex, intriguing people deserving of closer inspection, and as Bride's journey acquires a momentum of its own, the magnetism of her troubles pulls the reader along . . . Beautifully composed in a variety of distinct voices and covering a range of family concerns, God Help the Child employs a hint of magical realism and explores issues of race and women's lives familiar to fans of Morrison's fiction. The story of Bride's life and trials is sensual, both delicate and strong, poetic and heavy with sex, love and pain, exemplifying a revered author's unfailing talent. –Julia Jenkins
Morrison possesses enough generosity of spirit to see a few glimmering moments of genuine hope amid the ruin, along with the intellectual heft needed to understand their context, and the graciousness to share them with us. Andrew Ervin, Philadelphia Inquirer
[Morrison’s] powers are proudly on display in God Help the Child. At its best, this new novel demonstrates that the author is, as she suggested recently in a New York Times Magazine profile, fully capable of writing novels forever. The Atlantic
The prose is lean, uncluttered. Morrison’s novelistic architectures have always been exceptionally well-designed; she crafts the vessels, carefully and uniquely to each story, before pouring in the water, and God Help the Child is no exception. Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Toni Morrison is one of the gods who walk among us. A righteous, fearless teller of necessary truths…sensually written and commanding.” Vanity Fair
“Powerful…attests to her ability to write intensely felt chamber pieces that inhabit a twilight world between fable and realism and to convey the desperate yearnings of her characters for safety and love and belonging…Morrison works her narrative magic, turning the Ballad of Bride and Booker into a tale that is as forceful as it is affecting, as fierce as it is resonant.” New York Times
“Like a Picasso painting telling a story in a multidimensional series of superimposed snapshot as each character becomes ever more rounded and complete.” Independent on Sunday (London)
“Morrison has a Shakespearean sense of tragedy, and that gift imbues God Help the Child. The ending is exquisite, bringing to mind Gwendolyn Brooks’ wonderful lines: ‘Art hurts. Art urges voyages—and it is easier to stay at home.’” Newsday
“This haunting novel displays a profound understanding of American culture and an unwavering sense of justice and forgiveness.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“With a fairy-tale feel and mythic scope…and spare but powerful, the novel convincingly drives home the reluctant admission by Bride’s mother: ‘What you do to children matters.’” BookPage
“Brutality, racism, and lies are relieved by moments of connection in Morrison’s latest…A chilling oracle and a lively storyteller, Nobel winner Morrison continues the work she began forty-five years ago with The Bluest Eye.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“The strength of the novel—and it does indeed gain compelling strength—is that it becomes a swirl of deep emotions, sucking the reader in, which is good, because the point of the novel is to empathize as deeply as possible with what these characters experience.” Booklist
“Taking her time with her delivery, Morrison keeps to a pace and tone that suggest aging wisdom and lack of judgment—even as some of her characters act out their anxieties and impulsivity. She differentiates characters by changing her vocal tone and resonance.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Toni Morrison

Author Bio: Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison (1931–2019) was an American novelist, poet, essayist, editor, teacher, and professor. A multiaward–winning author, she wrote twelve novels, including Beloved, which was made into a major motion picture starring Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover. In 2012, President Barack Obama presented her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She also received the Nobel Prize for Literature, the National Book Critics Circle Award, a Pulitzer Prize for literature, an American Book Award, the Norman Mailer Prize, the PEN/Saul Bellow Award, the Condorcet Medal, the Thomas Jefferson Medal, and the Anisfield Wolf Book Award, among others.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 5.76
Audience: Adult
Language: English