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Hear Toni Morrison read from and discuss new novel, ‘A Mercy’

October 30, 2008

Apparently I’m not up on my author news – Toni Morrison has a new book coming out on Nov. 11! I caught part of an interview with Morrison on NPR about A Mercy. She talked briefly about the decision behind the title (trying to find the exact fit, that wasn’t Mercy, Compassion, or Grace), and how she wanted to remove race from slavery, noting how slavery is not unique to American history but has been a part of cultures and civilizations from the beginning of time. I was driving and so had to stop listening, but luckily, we can watch a video interview or hear her read from the new novel.  

According to the NPR article,

A Mercy explores the repercussions of an enslaved mother’s desperate act

(sound familiar?)

and calls it

a stunning return to form for Morrison.

I can’t wait to read it.

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