At a glance:
- Author: Toni Morrison
- First Published: 2008
- Type of Work: Novel
- Time of Work: 1682-1690
- Setting: The mid-Atlantic region of the American colonies
- Genres: Long fiction
- Subjects: United States or Americans, Africa or Africans, South or Southerners, Slavery or slaves, Seventeenth century
- Locales: North America
Throughout Toni Morrison’s nine novels, certain key themes consistently appear, marking each book regardless of differences of setting, plot, character, and historical period. No issue is more significant to Morrison than the relationship between mother and daughter. Her most famous rendering of this remains Beloved (1987), in which a mother chooses to cut her daughter’s throat rather than allow her to be returned to a life of slavery. Morrison’s novel A Mercy has as its defining moment a similar horrible choice for a mother to make about her...
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