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The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, 206 pgs
The Bluest Eye is Toni Morrison’s first novel, a book heralded for its richness of language and boldness of vision. Set in the author’s girlhood hometown of Lorain, Ohio, it tells the story of black, eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove. Pecola prays for her eyes to turn blue so that she will be as beautiful and beloved as all the blond, blue-eyed children in America. In the autumn of 1941, the year the marigolds in the Breedloves’ garden do not bloom. Pecola’s life does change- in painful, devastating ways.
What its vivid evocation of the fear and loneliness at the heart of a child’s yearning, and the tragedy of its fulfillment. The Bluest Eye remains one of Toni Morrisons’s most powerful, unforgettable novels- and a significant work of American fiction.
• Zambo Aroma: Thursdays 7pm: 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, & 3/2
Feb 9: Intros and book giveaways to the first 25 attendees
Feb 16: Forward to Here Is the Family, pgs 2-60
Feb 23: Winter to See Mother, pgs 61-131
Mar 2: See Father to end of the book, pgs 132-end
• On Zoom: Tuesdays 7pm: 2/14, 2/21, & 2/28
Feb 14: Forward to Here Is the Family, pgs 2-60
Feb 21: Winter to See Mother, pgs 61-131
Feb 28: See Father to end of book, pgs 132-end