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Author: Toni Morrison Narrator: Toni Morrison Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2009 ISBN: 9780307704351
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Milkman Dead was born shortly after a neighborhood eccentric hurled himself off a rooftop in a vain attempt at flight. For the rest of his life he, too, will be trying to fly. With this brilliantly imagined novel, Toni Morrison transfigures the coming-of-age story as audaciously as Saul Bellow or Gabriel García Márquez. As she follows Milkman from his rustbelt city to the place of his family’s origins, Morrison introduces an entire cast of strivers and seeresses, liars and assassins, the inhabitants of a fully realized black world. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • A rich, full novel. . . . It lifts us up [and] impresses itself upon us like a love affair. The New York Times Book Review
  • “Exuberant. . . . An artistic vision that encompasses both a private and national heritage.”
  • A rhapsodic work. . . . Intricate and inventive. The New Yorker
  • “It places Toni Morrison in the front rank of contemporary American writers. She has written a novel that will endure. The Washington Post
  • “Lovely. . . . A delight, full of lyrical variety and allusiveness. . . . [An] exceptionally diverse novel. The Atlantic Monthly
  • “Morrison is a terrific storyteller. . . . Her writing evokes the joyful richness of life. Newsday
  • “Morrison dazzles. . . . She creates a black community strangely unto itself yet never out of touch with the white world. . . . With an ear as sharp as glass she has listened to the music of black talk and uses it as a palette knife to create black lives and to provide some of the best fictional dialogue around today. The Nation
  • “A marvelous novel, the most moving I have read in ten years of reviewing. Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • “Toni Morrison has created a fanciful world here. . . . She has an impeccable sense of emotional detail. She’s the most sensible lyrical writer around today. The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • “A fine novel exuberantly constructed. . . . So rich in its use of common speech, so sophisticated in its use of literary traditions and language from the Bible to Faulkner . . . it is also extremely funny. The Hudson Review
  • “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. . . . One closes the book warmed through by the richness of its sympathy, and by its breathtaking feel for the nature of sexual sorrow. The Village Voice
  • “Stunningly beautiful. . . . Full of magnificent people. . . . They are still haunting my house. I suspect they will be with me forever. Anne Tyler, The Washington Post
  • “If Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man went underground, Toni Morrison’s Milkman flies. John Leonard, The New York Times Book Review
  • “Morrison moves easily in and out of the lives and thoughts of her characters, luxuriating in the diversity of circumstances and personality, and revelling in the sound of their voices and of her own, which echoes and elaborates theirs. The New Yorker
  • A rich, full novel…It lifts us up [and] impresses itself upon us like a love affair.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A rhapsodic work…Intricate and inventive.”

    New Yorker

  • “Stunningly beautiful…Full of magnificent people…They are still haunting my house. I suspect they will be with me forever.”

    Washington Post

  • Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award
  • An Oprah’s Book Club Selection

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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.