Book Review: God Help the Child by Toni Morrison

POVone: The First Person Perspective

Author: Toni Morrison
Title: God Help the Child
Genre: Literary
Publication Date: April 21, 2015
Publisher: Random House
Number of Pages: 192
Narrator: Sweetness, Bride, Etc.
Quality Rating: 80.52

God Help the Child by Toni Morrison

What’s It About?

Sweetness is a light-skinned black woman married to a light-skinned black man. They’re so light-skinned that they can pass as whites, and they live in such a time that it is beneficial to do so. Everything is going perfectly in their relationship until Sweetness gives birth to a baby girl who has extremely dark skin. Embarrassed, her husband leaves her to raise the girl on her own.

As the little girl grows, she feels the constant contempt of her mother. When she is six years old, she falsely accuses a woman of child molestation and sends her to prison for fifteen years–simply because she wants to gain her mother’s approval. The…

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2 Comments

  1. The only Morrison I’ve read is The Bluest Eye, which was beautifully written. Ready for another!

  2. If I had to recommend just one of Toni Morrison’s books to read, it would be The Bluest Eye. You may find God Help the Child a faster read–only 178 pages. To me, it read almost like a memoir, but from more than one viewpoint. I enjoyed it, although it’s not as dense as her other works. If you get a chance to read it, let me know what you think.

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