Home by Toni Morrison

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38 Critic Reviews

Home is a horror story, a ghost story, a fairy story and also, an allegory...Morrison draws an analogy between the Hebrews wandering in the wilderness and African Americans seeking their true home.
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Synopsis

The latest novel from Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison.

An angry and self-loathing veteran of the Korean War, Frank Money finds himself back in racist America after enduring trauma on the front lines that left him with more than just physical scars. His home--and himself in it--may no longer be as he remembers it, but Frank is shocked out of his crippling apathy by the need to rescue his medically abused younger sister and take her back to the small Georgia town they come from, which he's hated all his life. As Frank revisits the memories from childhood and the war that leave him questioning his sense of self, he discovers a profound courage he thought he could never possess again. A deeply moving novel about an apparently defeated man finding his manhood--and his home.

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Toni Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993. She is the author of many novels, including The Bluest Eye, Beloved (made into a major film), Paradise and, most recently, Home. She has also received the National Critics Circle Award and a Pulitzer Prize for her fiction. In addition to Desdemona her theatrical work includes writing the text for Margaret Garner (music composed by Richard Danielpour) and Dreaming Emmett, an published play directed by Gilbert Moses and performed at the Marketplace Capitol Repertory Theater of Albany. Ms. Morrison has written lyrics for Kathleen Battle (commissioned by Carnegie Hall), Sylvia McNair, Jessye Norman, and Andre Previn. Ms. Morrison founded the Princeton Atelier which for fifteen years has brought actors, composers, writers, and artists of all genres together to work with students on the artists' own projects. Several of her novels including The Bluest Eye have been adapted for the stage.Rokia Traoré is a Victoires de la Musique award-winning Malian singer, songwriter and guitarist.Peter Sellars is one of the most innovative and powerful forces in the performing arts in America and abroad. A visionary artist, Sellars is known for his groundbreaking interpretations of classic works.
 
Published May 8, 2012 by Vintage. 162 pages
Genres: Other, Literature & Fiction, History, War. Fiction
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All: 38 | Positive: 28 | Negative: 10

Kirkus

Excellent
Mar 15 2012

A deceptively rich and cumulatively powerful novel.

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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Leah Hager Cohen on May 17 2012

Part of Morrison’s longstanding greatness resides in her ability to animate specific stories about the black experience and simultaneously speak to all experience.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Michiko Kakutani on May 07 2012

...Ms. Morrison has found a new, angular voice and straight-ahead storytelling style that showcase her knowledge of her characters...

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Guardian

Below average
Reviewed by Sarah Churchwell on Apr 27 2012

...the persistent effects of racism and sexism are Morrison's enduring themes: they are big ones. But her novels about them are getting smaller, in every sense; she seems to be losing patience with her own stories.

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NPR

Good
Reviewed by Heller McAlpin on May 15 2012

I'm not asthmatic, but there were several times when I felt I needed an inhaler or defibrillator or something to catch my breath while reading this devastating, deeply humane — and ever-relevant — book.

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Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Don McLeese on May 08 2012

By the end of the novel, Morrison has delivered one that’s as emotionally rich and devastating as her longer, more celebrated works.

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Globe and Mail

Below average
Reviewed by Andre Alexis on May 11 2012

Toni Morrison’s new novel, Home, is deeply flawed. It travels ground Morrison has previously travelled, without bringing new insight.

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AV Club

Excellent
Reviewed by Todd VanDerWerff on May 28 2012

Since winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993, Toni Morrison’s novels have gotten slimmer and slimmer...Home, is her shortest yet, not even cracking 150 pages, but it’s one of her best.

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National Post arts

Excellent
Reviewed by Donna Bailey Nurse on May 24 2012

Home is a horror story, a ghost story, a fairy story and also, an allegory...Morrison draws an analogy between the Hebrews wandering in the wilderness and African Americans seeking their true home.

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Entertainment Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Melissa Maerz on May 02 2012

Home is a moving testament to taking responsibility for your own life — especially the parts you'd like to look away from.

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LA Times

Below average
Reviewed by David Ulin on May 06 2012

This is not among her best works...a thin book with some beautiful writing that ultimately comes off as insubstantial and contrived.

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The Washington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Ron Charles on Apr 30 2012

...a surprisingly unpretentious story from America’s only living Nobel laureate in literature...This scarily quiet tale packs all the thundering themes Morrison has explored before.

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The Independent

Excellent
Reviewed by Lesley McDowell on May 06 2012

Only Morrison can take the human soul down into its darkest parts, yet somehow let it flourish.

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The Telegraph

Below average
Reviewed by Lucy Daniel on May 24 2012

Home does not have the grand, sweeping narrative of Morrison’s best fiction.her grand themes of redemption, homecoming, and self-ownership do not work best on a small scale.

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The Telegraph

Excellent
Reviewed by Nisha Lilia Diu on May 10 2012

Its protagonists are black and it’s taut with racial tension but the book’s themes are universal.

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Dallas News

Excellent
Reviewed by Karen Thomas on May 04 2012

The novel is compact, a novella really, and filled with Morrison’s signature style — clear, razor-sharp, poetic writing and layered storytelling.

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San Francisco Chronicle

Excellent
Reviewed by Tayari Jones on May 06 2012

...Morrison is known for a certain brutality in her plotting, and this wrenching novel is no exception. But "Home" also brims with affection and optimism.

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Open Letters Monthly

Excellent
Reviewed by John Cotter

Home is not without its missteps, but it provides a good opportunity to celebrate her career and to consider her achievement again with fresh eyes.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Below average
Reviewed by Erich Schwartzel on Jun 17 2012

You'll read Toni Morrison's "Home" in one day and forget it in another.

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Oregon Live

Excellent
Reviewed by Steve Yarbrough on May 12 2012

The novel packs considerable power...There's nothing small about the story she's told with such grace in these pages.

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Tampa Bay Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Colette Bancroft on May 06 2012

Home is...packed with more memorable characters, striking images and emotional insights than many novels three times its size.

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Independent.ie

Excellent
Reviewed by Edell Coffey on Jun 23 2012

It is a powerful meditation on life, and a marvel to behold in its breadth and brevity. It demands and deserves repeat readings.

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Lincoln Journal Star

Excellent
Reviewed by Amy Driscoll on Jun 03 2012

...in her new book, a slim 160-page volume titled simply "Home," the power comes not from the world-famous author's name printed on the cover but from the story within.

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Chron.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Maggie Galehouse on May 06 2012

...this 147-page story, which is so stripped of extraneous action and detail that it treads tantalizingly close to allegory...But it’s still Toni Morrison, whose wisdom and gorgeous prose seep into every dip and turn in the story.

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Tulsa World

Excellent
Reviewed by James Watts, Jr. on Jun 03 2012

"Home" is probably Morrison's simplest, most straightforward story, one that reveals its depths and riches slowly. It's a book that rewards reading and re-reading...

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The Millions

Below average
Reviewed by Malcolm Forbes on May 24 2012

But for all its strengths, Home still falls short...a busy cast bursting with potential, but characters who are so hamstrung in their tight confinement, so seldom on the page, that their tales are only half-told.

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Dominion of New York

Excellent
Reviewed by Joshua Bloodworth on May 06 2012

...it is good enough to remind readers why Toni Morrison is the most fascinating contemporary American writing in English and the foremost archivist of the Black experience in the United States working in fiction.

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NY Daily News

Below average
Reviewed by Sherryl Connelly on May 06 2012

Lovely, yes, but Morrison’s short-shrift plot delivered in less than 145 pages fails to live up to her soaring prose.

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History News Network

Excellent
Reviewed by Jim Cullen on Jun 15 2012

Home is unlikely to rank at the top of Morrison's corpus; it's too slight...But it showcases a writer at the height of her powers in evoking a moment and its historical counter-currents.

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The Anniston Star

Below average
Reviewed by Lance Hicks on Jun 01 2012

Had she written “Home” as a more hefty text, readers might have a chance to invest some emotion in her characters before wading through the author’s deliberately kooky style. Though many people say that less is sometimes more, in Morrison’s case, the key word is “sometimes.”

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The Christian Century

Below average
Aug 27 2012

It reads partly like an allegory, partly like an elegy for a rural southern way of life, partly like a meditation on redemption, but its individual pieces do not fully cohere and the characters seem like shadows moving across a stage...

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Toonari Post

Below average
Reviewed by William Shadbolt on Jun 05 2012

Upon reflection, many will probably wonder just what the point of this flawed work is. At 150 pages, it is quick and to the point, and yet so many parts seem unnecessary.

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Construction Magazine

Excellent
Reviewed by Mike Dell’Aquila on Jun 20 2012

Home is not just a song about the arms and the man from Lotus, Georgia; it is a call to action, a goading work reminding its readers to tend to their own gardens, to turn back toward their own communities, and to repair the dilapidated structures of this land.

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Oxford University Press's Blog

Excellent
Reviewed by Mary Dudziak on May 28 2012

Perhaps we can turn to Morrison’s beautiful and brief narrative to understand the journeys of our generation’s soldiers as they, like Frank Money (the protagonist), try to find their way home.

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Ebony

Excellent
Reviewed by Miles Lewis on May 08 2012

Morrison lovers will savor her words as long as she remains in full command of their power. With Home, Morrison’s dominion shows no signs of fading.

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Nomad Reader

Good
May 02 2012

The novella works on its own plot, but more astute readers will appreciate the construction and layers of theme and meaning.

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Of Books and Reading

Good
Jun 08 2012

I do hope there is more of “Home” in other installments or prequels or anything – but more, because I wasn’t satiated with this one. I need more of her writing.

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These Words

Good
Reviewed by April Boland on Jun 03 2012

One of Morrison's greatest strengths is her ability to shine a light on the darkest places in American life and history, and all humanity, really...This novel is no different in that respect.

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