"A profoundly successful work of fiction...Taut and understated, harsh in its detachment, sympathetic in its truth...it is an experience." --Detroit Free Press
Toni Morrison (1931- )
"Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl, prays every day for beauty. Mocked by other children for the dark skin, curly hair, and brown eyes that set her apart, she yearns for the blond hair and blue eyes that she believes will allow her to finally fit in. Yet as her dream grows more fervent, her life slowly starts to disintegrate in the face of adversity and strife. A brilliant examination of our obsession with beauty and conformity..."