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Author: Toni Morrison Narrator: Toni Morrison Publisher: Random House Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2012 ISBN: 9780307749000
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America’s most celebrated novelist, Nobel Prize-winner Toni Morrison extends her profound take on our history with this twentieth-century tale of redemption: a taut and tortured story about one man’s desperate search for himself in a world disfigured by war. Frank Money is an angry, self-loathing veteran of the Korean War who, after traumatic experiences on the front lines, finds himself back in racist America with more than just physical scars. His home may seem alien to him, but he is shocked out of his crippling apathy by the need to rescue his medically abused younger sister and take her back to the small Georgia town they come from and that he’s hated all his life. As Frank revisits his memories from childhood and the war that have left him questioning his sense of self, he discovers a profound courage he had thought he could never possess again. A deeply moving novel about an apparently defeated man finding his manhood—and his home.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Haunting…[Morrison] maps the day-to-day lives of her characters with lyrical precision…Home encapsulates all the themes that have fueled her fiction, from the early novels Sula and The Bluest Eye, through her dazzling masterwork, Beloved.”

    New York Times

  • “Gorgeous and intense, brutal yet heartwarming…Accessible, tightly composed, and visceral as anything Morrison has yet written…[A] devastating, deeply humane—and ever-relevant—book.”

    NPR

  • “Luminescent…There is no novelist alive who has captured the beauty and democracy of the American vernacular so well.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Powerful…Jaw-dropping in its beauty and audacity…Brims with affection and optimism.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “This scarily quiet tale packs all the thundering themes Morrison has explored before. She’s never been more concise, though, and that restraint demonstrates the full range of her power…A daringly hopeful story about the possibility of healing—or at least surviving in a shadow of peace.”

    Washington Post

  • “A fertile narrative imbued with and embellished by Morrison’s visionary scope and poetic majesty.”

    Elle

  • “A bona fide literary event…An emotional powerhouse…Told in the stark, economical tone of a short story, with all the philosophical heft of a novel.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “A short, swift, and luminescent book…A remarkable thing: proof that Toni Morrison is at once America’s most deliberate and flexible writer. She has almost entirely retooled her style to tell a story that demands speed, brevity, the treat of a looming curtain call…There is no novelist alive who has captured the beauty and democracy of the American vernacular so well.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Profound…Morrison’s portrayal of Frank is vivid and intimate, her portraits of the women in his life equally masterful. Its brevity, stark prose, and small cast of characters notwithstanding, this story of a man struggling to reclaim his roots and his manhood is enormously powerful.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Perhaps Morrison’s most lyrical performance to date…Home has a sparer, faster pace than earlier Morrison novels like Beloved or Jazz, as though a drumbeat is steadily intensifying in the background and the storyteller has to keep up.”

    New York Review of Books

  • “In a mere 145 pages, Morrison has created a richly textured, deeply felt novel. Home has a sense of the real with a touch of magic. After ten novels and a Nobel prize, Toni Morrison certainly isn’t resting on her laurels.”

    Louisville Courier-Journal

  • “Her themes—identity, community, the resoluteness of both good and evil—are epic, and her language uniquely her own…Taut and muscular, Home wastes not a word…In sentences balanced like proverbs, the Nobel Prize winner conjures up the community of country women Frank asks to help save Cee.”

    Plain Dealer

  • “In this slim, scathing novel, Morrison brings us another quintessentially American character struggling through another shameful moment in our nation’s history…Home is as much prose poem as long-form fiction—a triumph for a beloved literary icon who proves that her talents remain in full flower.”

    People (4 stars)

  • “A short, urgent novel, polished to the essential themes that the Nobel Prize-winning author has explored for decades.”

    Columbus Dispatch

  • “Beautifully wrought…[Home] packs considerable power, because the Nobel Prize-winning author is still writing unflinchingly about the most painful human experiences. There’s nothing small about the story she’s told with such grace in these pages.”

    Oregonian

  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A 2012 Washington Post Notable Book for Fiction
  • A Kirkus Reviews “New and Notable Title”, May 2012
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2012 NPR Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book for Fiction
  • One of the 2012 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ibyang | 2/14/2014

    " Good read, fast paced.toni morrison did a very moving description of Frank and his sister..the bond is realistic, not pretentious.its so short,though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leeah | 2/7/2014

    " This book was a quick read with an interesting story. However it was neither as heart wrenching nor as sad as I appreciate my dramas to be. You feel bad but not really for both characters but Toni's writing is delectable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paige | 2/6/2014

    " Powerful. Disturbing. Fairly short. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 2/3/2014

    " As far as Morrison goes not my favorite. I don't know why I was anticipating a lighter read. I should've known better. This is Toni Morrison. Bad things happened. A lot of them. Still, this book intrigued enough to read through the stories of Frank and Cee Money in 1950s America. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 1/29/2014

    " I liked this book, but I have so many questions! If a few more dots could be connected, maybe the ending would make sense. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dzlanique | 1/20/2014

    " Toni possesses an exquisite mastery of the written word. Her ability to give voice to the human experience through her stories is what has made her work so deeply revered. All that said, I have mixed feeling regarding this book. Though beautifully written,this story feels rushed with a "slap a bow on" ending. Both main characters needed further development in order for the ending to be believable. Honestly, this book began solidly but was undercut by its length and underdevelopment. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Darcy | 1/16/2014

    " I've long been a Toni Morrison fan but I found this book quite disappointing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 1/16/2014

    " This wasn't my favorite Toni Morrison book but it was okay. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelley | 1/14/2014

    " A little disappointed in this offering by Morrison. Her forte is the longer novel, not the novella. However, this story of redemption and reclamation was still enjoyable, especially with the feminist and magical realism undercurrent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 1/9/2014

    " Very quick read. Disturbing at times, definitely can't help but be deeply moved by this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rhino75 | 1/3/2014

    " Spare, powerful storytelling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marian | 12/16/2013

    " I've read other people's reviews that say Home was too rushed/spare, but I liked the tight narrative -- everything in the book seemed there for a very specific reason. People who find Morrison too obtuse should read this. It's very accessible and packs a wallop. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jwellington | 12/10/2013

    " I was hoping for the same mystical story line found in other Morrison books but "Home" did not provide that. The themes were not built up enough and the story and short but not sweet. Would not recommend this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tanya | 9/6/2013

    " I enjoyed this book. It was an easy read and very interesting. We all at some point have a journey "home" no matter where home is. This story of this young man's journey was nicely written and makes you want to keep reading from page 1. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie | 8/25/2013

    " Home is spare and beautifully written. It's remarkably small for such a richly described and emotional book. There aren't many wasted words. Most importantly, Morrison takes me far away from my home and comfort zone to show me something new. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debra | 8/9/2013

    " Loved the journey. One of many lines that caused me pause to linger over her beautiful writing, "The Bulova watch was still there. No stem, no hands-the way time functioned in Lotus, pure and subject to anybody's interpretation." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Racheal | 1/15/2013

    " Brutal and Beautiful. A powerful read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rafael | 8/7/2012

    " The book is amazing! It's fast to read and very interesting. At times, shockingly sad, at others, wonderfully, surprisingly hopeful. Ms. Morrison is still enlightening on us what being human entails. I loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 7/14/2012

    " Another great book to add to Morrison's incredible body of work. Highly recommended! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 6/10/2012

    " Enjoyed this novella (took me one day to read) about racism and one man's journey to find himself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 6/8/2012

    " Absolutely devine. "

About the Author

Toni Morrison (1931–2019) was an American novelist, poet, essayist, editor, teacher, and professor. A multiaward–winning author, she wrote twelve novels, including Beloved, which was made into a major motion picture starring Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover. In 2012, President Barack Obama presented her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She also received the Nobel Prize for Literature, the National Book Critics Circle Award, a Pulitzer Prize for literature, an American Book Award, the Norman Mailer Prize, the PEN/Saul Bellow Award, the Condorcet Medal, the Thomas Jefferson Medal, and the Anisfield Wolf Book Award, among others.