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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (11,450 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Toni Morrison Narrator: Toni Morrison Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“They shoot the white girl first. With the others they can take their time.”

Toni Morrison’s first novel since she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature opens with a horrifying scene of mob violence then chronicles its genesis in a small all-black town in rural Oklahoma. Founded by descendants of free slaves as intent on isolating themselves from the outside world as it once was on rejecting them, the patriarchal community of Ruby is built on righteousness, rigidly enforced moral law, and fear. But seventeen miles away, another group of exiles has gathered in a promised land of their own. And it is upon these women in flight from death and despair that nine male citizens of Ruby will lay their pain, their terror, and their murderous rage …

Paradise is a tour de force of storytelling power, richly imagined and elegantly composed. Morrison challenges our most fiercely held beliefs as she weaves folklore and history, memory and myth, into an unforgettable meditation on race, religion, gender, and the way a society can turn on itself until it is forced to explode.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Morrison has brought it all together: the poetry, the emotion, the broad symbolic plan.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • A 1998 New York Times Notable Book for Fiction
  • An Oprah’s Book Club Selection

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Beth | 2/17/2014

    " One of my favorite books! I enjoyed going back to reread the story with the new information I had discovered. Needless to say, it took me a while to actually finish. I could see that some people might have difficulty getting through it. Although I didn't find it slow in the least bit, I could see that being an issue. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Lora Wait | 2/6/2014

    " quit a 2nd time. done trying. did not like this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dana | 1/27/2014

    " Pretty good. Not really sure why "Oprah's Book Club" is in the TITLE. I'm not a member of her club. I swear. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jennie | 1/25/2014

    " Weird book but really good "

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