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Author: Toni Morrison Narrator: Toni Morrison Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Length: Release Date: March 2015 Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780147520777

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In the winter of 1926, when everybody everywhere sees nothing but good things ahead, Joe Trace, middle-aged door-to-door salesman of Cleopatra beauty products, shoots his teenage lover to death. At the funeral, Joe’s wife, Violet, attacks the girl’s corpse. This passionate, profound story of love and obsession brings us back and forth in time, as a narrative is assembled from the emotions, hopes, fears, and deep realities of black urban life.

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  • “Thrillingly written . . . seductive. . . . Some of the finest lyric passages ever written in a modern novel.

    - Chicago Sun-Times
  • “A compelling blend of heart and language. . . . Resounds with passion.

    - The Boston Globe
  • “Marvelous. . . . Morrison is perhaps the finest novelist of our time.

    - Vogue
  • “The author conjures up worlds with complete authority and makes no secret of her angst at the injustices dealt to black women.

    - Edna O’Brien, The New York Times Book Review
  • Wonderful. . . . A brilliant, daring novel. . . . Every voice amazes.

    - Chicago Tribune
  • “She may be the last classic American writer, squarely in the tradition of Poe, Melville, Twain and Faulkner.

    - Newsweek
  • [A] masterpiece. . . . She has moved from strength to strength until she has reached the distinction of being beyond comparison.

    - Entertainment Weekly
  • “She captures that almost indistinguishable mixture of the anxiety and rapture of expectation—that state of desire where sin is just another word for appetite.

    - San Francisco Chronicle
  • “As rich in themes and poetic images as her Pulitzer Prize–winning Beloved. . . . Morrison conjures up the hand of slavery on Harlem’s jazz generation. The more you listen, the more you crave to hear.

    - Glamour
  • “She is the best writer in America. Jazz, for sure; but also Mozart.

    - John Leonard, National Public Radio
  • A masterpiece. . . . A sensuous, haunting story of various kinds of passion. . . . Mesmerizing.

    - Cosmopolitan
  • “Lyrically brooding. . . . One accepts the characters of Jazz as generalized figures moving rhythmically in the narrator’s mind.

    - The New York Times
  • “Transforms a familiar refrain of jilted love into a bold, sustaining time of self-knowledge and discovery. Its rhythms are infectious.

    - People
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  • “Lyrically brooding…One accepts the characters of Jazz as generalized figures moving rhythmically in the narrator’s mind.”

    - New York Times
  • “[A] masterpiece…She has moved from strength to strength until she has reached the distinction of being beyond comparison.”

    - Entertainment Weekly
  • “A compelling blend of heart and language…Resounds with passion.”

    - Boston Globe
  • “A novel of murder, hard lives, and broken dreams, Jazz…Time ebbs and flows like human memory, traversing between recollections of the past and expectations for the future; likewise, jazz music is often wild and chaotic. Here Morrison once again exemplifies herself as both a superb writer and a masterful storyteller.”

    - Amazon.com, editorial review
  • “Morrison’s authoritative novel…tells the story of three intersecting tragic lives, and adroitly uses the motif of jazz to make palpable the feel and excitement of Harlem in the 1920s.”

    - Publishers Weekly

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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.