Nominated by:

Helsinki City Library, Finland

Veria Central Public Library, Greece

Publisher of nominated edition:

Alfred A. Knopf, USA


Toni Morrison      

2014 Longlist

When Frank Money joined the army to escape his too-small world, he left behind his cherished and fragile little sister, Cee. After the war, his shattered life has no purpose until he hears that Cee is in danger.
Frank is a modern Odysseus returning to a 1950s America mined with lethal pitfalls for an unwary black man. As he journeys to his native Georgia in search of Cee, it becomes clear that their troubles began well before their wartime separation. Together, they return to their rural hometown of Lotus, where buried secrets are unearthed and where Frank learns at last what it means to be a man, what it takes to heal, and – above all – what it means to come home.

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About the Author

Toni Morrison is the author of ten novels, from The Bluest Eye (1970) to A Mercy (2008). She has received the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize. In 1993 she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. She lives in New York.

Librarians’ Comments

This beautifully written, powerful story of a man finding his manhood and, in the end, his home is the latest example of Morrison’s genius.

A beautiful novel. Brief, well constructed and elegantly written. It also gives you a sense of affection and optimism.

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