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God Help the Child Hardcover – Deckle Edge, April 21 2015

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  • ISBN-10 : 0307399753
  • Hardcover : 192 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0307399755
  • Product Dimensions : 15.11 x 2.21 x 21.67 cm
  • Publisher : Knopf Canada (April 21 2015)
  • Item Weight : 358 g
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 1,082 ratings

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“[In God Help the Child] there is that magnificence, burning beneath the surface of every word. The language, shifts in point of view and the audacity of the novel’s premise are overwhelming. Morrison remains an incredibly powerful writer who commands attention no matter the story she is telling. In God Help the Child we have a coming-of-age story for an adult woman in arrested development.” —Roxane Gay, The Guardian
“[A] piece of mastery. . . . Sensitive to legacies of abuse, to pressures of racism, image, taboo and economics, and to the harmful fictions and common social madnesses of the modern Western world, [God Help the Child] found an impossible-seeming, myth-like form to reveal the interconnections between these, never losing its streetwise footing in the process.” —Ali Smith, author of How to Be Both
“Morrison is always a must read, and this epic book looks at the marks that childhood trauma leaves on our adult lives is sure to be no exception.” —Terri ColesThe Huffington Post Canada
“[God Help the Child is a] slim, lyrical exploration of the meaning of beauty and the lingering, corrosive effects of childhood trauma.” —Mark MedleyThe Globe and Mail
“Child abuse cuts a jagged scar through Morrison’s novel, a brisk modern-day fairy tale with shades of the Brothers Grimm, and a blunt moral: What you do to children matters.” —The New York Times (Notable Book)
“[God Help the Child] attests to her ability to write intensely felt chamber pieces that inhabit a twilight world between fable and realism, and to convey the desperate yearnings of her characters for safety and love and belonging. . . . Running throughout all their stories are leitmotifs and images that knit their experiences together, along with some wonderfully pictorial descriptions that sparkle on the page. . . . Morrison works her narrative magic, turning the Ballad of Bride and Booker into a tale that is as forceful as it is affecting, as fierce as it is resonant.” —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times Book Review

God Help the Child provokes and haunts long after the last page has been turned.” —Toronto Star

God Help the Child . . . has much to give its readers, not least the pleasure of Toni Morrison’s muscular prose and its dance-like mix of narrators. . . . It’s an admirable smaller tale with tricky ambiguities that raise challenging ruminations rather than awe—yet for sure it’s one of this year’s don’t-miss novels.” —Claire Hopley, The Washington Times
“As the title of her latest signals, Morrison’s . . . eleventh novel is an invocation that takes up the child’s unique condition and dilemma . . . making an eloquent plea for help from a more divine source than that most often provided by the flawed women or men . . . that populate this novel.” —Neil Besner, Winnipeg Free Press
“This novel is worth reading on the strength of Morrison’s narrative talents alone, but it also makes an inviting introduction to her entire body of work. God Help the Child finds this American legend still breaking new ground and, as always, delivering an uncompromising and memorable novel.” —Jack Pender, The Record (Waterloo)
“Morrison’s genius imbues the writing.” —Deborah Sloan, The Dominion Post (New Zealand)
“Morrison has a Shakespearean sense of tragedy, and that gift imbues God Help the Child. The ending is exquisite, bringing to mind Gwendolyn Brooks’ wonderful lines: ‘Art hurts. Art urges voyages—and it is easier to stay at home.’” —Karen R. Long, Newsday
“Its economy is virtuous, especially as it tells so many difficult life stories. Then again, life itself is often difficult. That Morrison conveys so much of that difficulty, and from multiple perspectives, in such a compact space is perhaps her most magical feat here.” —Mark Reynolds, PopMatters
“[T]here is brilliance, sweltering underneath the veneer of every word. Morrison’s naturally lithe and agile temporal fluctuations and astonishing precision of language delivery creates a rich literary galore that in itself is a testament to her formidable literary acumen. . . . [I]t is impossible to not be swayed by Morrison’s fire and vision, to be coerced to dwell inside the trepidation and volatility, in the disarray of human experience.” —Hurmat Kazmi, The Express Tribune (India)
“Morrison pulls you back with passages of such intense lyricism or psychological penetration that the world seems to make fragmented sense again, if only through the prism of her tragic understanding and elegiac gifts.” —Morag Fraser, The Sydney Morning Herald

About the Author

TONI MORRISON is the author of 11 novels, from The Bluest Eye (1970) to Home (2012). She has received the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize. In 1993 she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. She lives in New York.