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19 June 2012 Books

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This small, handsomely produced novel is only 146 pages in length, but bears truth to the adage that it’s quality that matters, not quantity. Veteran Frank Money has returned from the Korean War, but not to a hero’s welcome. He’s an emotional wreck, haunted by the body parts of those killed in battle and tormented by one particularly horrific death for which he was personally responsible. We first meet Frank as a barefoot escapee from a psychiatric hospital as he teeters on the edge of an explosive public breakdown. His girlfriend had already relinquished the “burden of shouldering a tilted man” and only alcohol seems to work as a memory-eraser. Salvation comes in the form of his little sister, Cee, who needs Frank’s protection and his help to return to their childhood home in Georgia. Morrison’s storytelling is masterful. Her narrative is gripping from the outset, as she portrays how love, belonging and community can counterbalance the effects of racism and war. Affecting and powerful all at once, the book embodies everything you’d expect from a Nobel Prize winner.

THUY ON

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