Literary goddess Toni Morrison will release her 11th novel this month. God Help the Child “is a searing tale about the way childhood trauma shapes and misshapes the life of the adult.” Unlike her previous offerings, this novel is set in the present rather than the past. The story centers on 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.”
I’m here for all of it! Now that Empire has wrapped for the season, I’m excited for Morrison’s new release to elicit wisdom on Black women navigating the contemporary turbulent times of gallant protests and truculent state-sanctioned oppression following the election and reelection of Barack Obama that was assumed to eradicate racism’s “deleterious effects”.
Whether you need words to describe sisterhood, love, or even the intergenerational effects of the Transatlantic Slave Trade on the psychological health of Black folks, there is a Toni Morrison quote for that! Hopefully these 11 powerful quotes from Mother Morrison will hold you over and get you even more excited for the release of God Help the Child on April 21st.