• God Help the Child

  • A Novel
  • By: Toni Morrison
  • Narrated by: Toni Morrison
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (1,338 ratings)

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God Help the Child

By: Toni Morrison
Narrated by: Toni Morrison
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Editorial reviews

Editors Select, April 2015 - Let my bias be known: I love Toni Morrison. Being a super fan, I approached God Help the Child with both high expectations and some apprehension. Bride, the main character, is a modern-day woman: almost a cliché of the fashionable and self-absorbed business woman. But under that not-very-interesting surface is a rich, and disturbing, undercurrent. Bride, and the other characters that enter the story, have suffered unspeakable abuse. Morrison uses her magical way of showing where (physically, spiritually, and emotionally) the effects of that abuse lives in each of them. Both modern and timeless, God Help the Child is a short, brilliant work – I cannot wait to listen the author put her voice to this story by narrating. Tricia, Audible Editor

Publisher's summary

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • A New York Times Notable Book • This fiery and provocative novel from the acclaimed Nobel Prize winner weaves a tale about the way the sufferings of childhood can shape, and misshape, the life of the adult.

At the center: a young woman who calls herself Bride, whose stunning blue-black skin is only one element of her beauty, her boldness and confidence, her success in life, but which caused her light-skinned mother to deny her even the simplest forms of love. There is Booker, the man Bride loves, and loses to anger. Rain, the mysterious white child with whom she crosses paths. And finally, Bride’s mother herself, Sweetness, who takes a lifetime to come to understand that “what you do to children matters. And they might never forget.”

“Powerful.... A tale that is as forceful as it is affecting, as fierce as it is resonant.” —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

©2015 Toni Morrison (P)2015 Random House Audio

Critic reviews

“Utterly compelling . . . Morrison remains an incredibly powerful writer who commands attention.” –Roxane Gay, The Guardian

God Save the Child is superb, its story gliding along the tracks of Morrison’s utterly assured prose.” –Charles Finch, USA Today (critic's pick)

“Morrison is such a masterful writer that even those who don’t prefer stream of conscious novels may find them sucked into these minds, turning page after page of this short novel until they’ve finished the book in one sitting.” –Sarah Hutchins, Portland Book Review

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The first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, Toni Morrison, who passed away on August 5, 2019, left behind a legacy of wisdom in her novels and essays. Her work explores topics like human nature, happiness, love, and enduring hardships, but also delves into the subject of freedom and what that has meant for African Americans. These quotes will get you through tough times, inspire you to look at yourself, and much more.

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