This is one of my favorite books. Toni Morrison's prose and voice always rings clear and beautiful even when tackling the darkest and most disturbing subjects. I haven't done a review of Song of Solomon here on the blog, but maybe there will be a reread in the future. It's an amazing tale of self discovery, finding and demanding the recognition of a person's worth that includes race and gender, not in spite of those distinctions. It's been a long time since I last read this one, so I can't remember every detail, but it's a book that I highly recommend.
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.