Charles Johnson, Middle Passage

Middle Passage by Charles Johnson My rating: 4 of 5 stars Middle Passage begins with an audacious sentence, "Of all the things that drive men to sea, the most common disaster, I've come to learn, is women," which announces its audacious conceit: published just four years after Beloved's solemn Freudian-Faulknerian modernism arrogated slavery to the… Continue reading Charles Johnson, Middle Passage

Toni Morrison, Sula

Sula by Toni Morrison My rating: 5 of 5 stars Sula is an anarchic novel and a conservative one. Toni Morrison, because she is a sort of multicultural figurehead, passes herself off as (and tends to be received as) some kind of left-liberal; and her later fiction—notably Paradise and A Mercy, both of which tend… Continue reading Toni Morrison, Sula

Gayl Jones, Corregidora

Corregidora by Gayl Jones My rating: 4 of 5 stars The cover of this edition makes it look like a horror movie—and that's not at all wrong. An intense novel, terse as a modern lyric, a monologue organized around its central image: the three generations of women in the house, telling over and over to… Continue reading Gayl Jones, Corregidora