“A Mercy”

November 20, 2008 at 5:04 pm | Posted in Fiction | 2 Comments

When a literary master like Toni Morrison puts out a new book, one picks it up with a frisson of anticipation.  Will it be great?  Was it only published because of the author’s reputation?  Is it so great that I won’t understand it?  I’m glad to say that A Mercy was terrific.  It’s brief without being minimalist, evoking a lush, forgotten world and highly complex characters to such a degree that it’s hard to believe she managed to do it in under 200 pages.

Each chapter is told from the perspective of a different character, a style that I know is unnerving to some.  Don’t worry, though; it’s pretty easy to figure out who’s talking.  You won’t want to miss this vivid novel.  Enjoy figuring out exactly what the title means – it’s answered at the end of the book, but I believe more than one act in the story could be referred to as A Mercy.  Anyway.  I loved it, and I hope you do too.


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  2. A Mercy really is delightful.

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