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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

  • Everything is resonant here: the most casual gestures are informed by the facts and myths of genders and race, by our notions of civilization and lawlessness, body and spirit, Christianity and witchcraft. Morrison’s lyrical prose displays great confidence in her readers’ intelligence, demands their unflagging attention, and rewards them generously—with a memorable work of epic range and monumental ambition. People
  • Toni Morrison is an extraordinarily good writer. Two pages into anything she writes one feels the power of her language and the emotional authority behind that language. The Village Voice
  • Morrison is at the top of her form. . . . Impressive, eloquent, and powerfully imagined. The Baltimore Sun
  • [A] triumph. . . . The individual stories of both the women and the townspeople reveal Morrison at her best. Publishers Weekly (starred)
  • “Morrison has brought it all together: the poetry, the emotion, the broad symbolic plan.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • Morrison has brought it all together: the poetry, the emotion, the broad symbolic plan. The New York Times Book Review
  • Stunning. . . . Morrison at her novelistic best. The New Yorker
  • Morrison dazzles. The Nation
  • A fascinating story, wonderfully detailed. . . . The town is the stage for a profound and provocative debate. Los Angeles Times
     
  • Morrison [is] a master storyteller. . . . She is at the height of her imaginative powers. New York Daily News
  • Morrison is a terrific storyteller. . . . Her writing evokes the joyful richness of life. Newsday
  • A breathtaking, risk-taking major work that will have readers feverishly, and fearfully turning the pages. Kirkus Reviews
  • A 1998 New York Times Notable Book for Fiction
  • An Oprah’s Book Club Selection
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About the Author
Author Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and a Pulitzer Prize. She is the author of several novels, including The Bluest Eye; Beloved, which was made into a major film; and Love. She is the Robert F. Goheen Professor Emeritus at Princeton.