This novel is hard and raw and truthful in so many ways. On an emotional level, I found it difficult to read. I say this because the novel tells the story of a young woman of African-American descent who was born with very dark skin. In fact, her skin was so dark that her biological father doubted the baby was his own and left his wife because of it. The innocent girl’s mother, whose skin was much lighter in color, rejected her as well.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg Morrison scales in this novel.
As the story progresses, the unloved young girl grows up to become beautiful and successful. Underneath her striking ebony veneer remains a deeply wounded child still seeking the love she never had.
Morrison’s novel is populated with just about every type of child abuse imaginable. As I said, this is a difficult novel to read. I do however, believe the author has written a masterful, thought-provoking story addressing a problem which exists worldwide. It is well worth reading.