Written by American novelist Toni Morrison, Home tells the story of Frank Money, a twenty-four-year-old black Korean war veteran, who journeys across America to save his younger sister Cee from an abortion doctor who is experimenting on her. Frank and Cee were both neglected by their parents and Frank...
Written by American novelist Toni Morrison, Home tells the story of Frank Money, a twenty-four-year-old black Korean war veteran, who journeys across America to save his younger sister Cee from an abortion doctor who is experimenting on her. Frank and Cee were both neglected by their parents and Frank has always seen himself as Cee’s guardian.
"I hugged her shoulders tight and tried to pull her trembling into my own bones because, as a brother four years older, I thought I could handle it.”
Frank is originally from Texas but moved to Lotus, Georgia when he was a very young boy. He was bored with his home town and joined the army, after the Korean war started, with his two best friends, Stuff and Mike. Whilst in combat, Frank sees both his friends killed. He also kills people himself, including a young Korean girl who performed sexual favors for him. Frank, loathing himself for being aroused by her, shoots her in the face. He returns to America, so traumatized by his experiences, that he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, extreme flashbacks, intense rage, and alcoholism. He is finally placed into an institution to recover.
Despite his mental health issues, on hearing that Cee is in trouble, Frank summons up the courage to travel across the States in order to rescue her. During the doctor’s experimentations, Cee has become infected and is dying. Frank saves her and returns to Lotus, Georgia where she is nursed back to health by a group of female neighbors.
Although each of her nurses was markedly different from the others in looks, dress, manner of speech, food and medical preferences, their similarities were glaring. There was no excess in their gardens because they shared everything. There was no trash or garbage in their homes because they had a use for everything.
Back in Lotus Frank also faces his trauma and his suppressed feelings of guilt.
I shot the Korean girl in her face. I am the one she touched. I am the one
who saw her smile. I am the one she said ‘Yum-yum’ to. I am the one she
Despite leaving Lotus as soon as he could, Frank now realizes that it is home.