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As young girls, Nel and Sula shared each other's secrets and dreams in the poor black mid-West of their childhood. Then Sula ran away to live her dreams and Nel got married. Ten years later Sula returns and no one, least of all Nel, trusts her. Sula is a story of fear - the fear that traps us, justifying itself through perpetual myth and legend. Cast as a witch by the people who resent her strength, Sula is a woman of uncompromising power, a wayward force who challenges the smallness of a world that tries to hold her down.

Winner of the PEN/Saul Bellow award for achievement in American fiction
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Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 129.54 x 195.58 x 15.24mm | 204.12g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099760010
  • 9780099760016
  • 36,494

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Two girls who grow up to become women. Two friends who become something worse than enemies. In this brilliantly imagined novel, Toni Morrison tells the story of Nel Wright and Sula Peace, who meet as children in the small town of Medallion, Ohio. Their devotion is fierce enough to withstand bullies and the burden of a dreadful secret. It endures even after Nel has grown up to be a pillar of the black community and Sula has become a pariah. But their friendship ends in an unforgivable betrayal--or does it end? Terrifying, comic, ribald and tragic, Sula" is a work that overflows with life.
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"Extravagantly beautiful... Enormously, achingly alive... A howl of love and rage, playful and funny as well as hard and bitter" * New York Times * "Morrison explores the mythic power of femininity in a poor and isolated rural black community where women rule as mothers, warriors, witches and story-tellers... One of the most compelling writers at work today" * The Times * "Toni Morrison makes me believe in God. She makes me believe in a divine being, because luck and genetics don't seem to come close to explaining her" * Guardian * "In characters like Sula, Toni Morrison's originality and power emerge" * The Nation * "Sula is one of the most beautifully written, sustained works of fiction I have read in some time... [Morrison] is a major talent" * Chicago Tribune *
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About Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993. She is the author of many novels, including The Bluest Eye, Beloved (made into a major film), Paradise and Love. She has also received the National Book Critics Circle Award and a Pulitzer Prize for her fiction.
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Review Text

"Sula is one of the most beautifully written, sustained works of fiction I have read in some time... [Morrison] is a major talent"
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44,312 ratings
3.87 out of 5 stars
5 29% (12,652)
4 39% (17,356)
3 25% (10,994)
2 6% (2,524)
1 2% (786)
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