“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.