Review: Toni Morrison’s ‘God Help the Child’

April 24, 2015 4:43 PM

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Review: Toni Morrison’s ‘God Help the Child’

In her 1970 fiction debut The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison gave us Pecola, young, black and pregnant who, judging herself by the standard of white beauty, finds herself not just lacking but ugly. Now 45 years later, the Pulitzer Prize winner and Nobel laureate presents Bride, whose midnight black skin is her source of power and glamour.

Bride is an entrepreneur and creator of YOU, GIRL, her own line of cosmetics. At first God Help the Child feels like a satisfying revisiting of Morrison’s first novel, but beneath the makeup, Bride bears the wound of being born Lula Ann Bridewell, “a scared little black girl” rejected by her light-s...

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