From the 1993 Nobel Prize winner, Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye is a novel “so charged
with pain and wonder that it becomes poetry” (New York Times).
Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl, prays every
day for beauty. Mocked by other children for the dark skin, curly hair, and
brown eyes that set her apart, she yearns for normalcy, for the blond hair and
blue eyes that she believes will allow her to finally fit in. Yet as her dream
grows more fervent, her life slowly starts to disintegrate in the face of
adversity and strife. A powerful examination of our obsession with beauty and
conformity, Toni Morrison’s virtuosic first novel asks powerful questions about
race, class, and gender with the subtlety and grace that have always
characterized her writing. Download and start listening now!