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Two girls who grow up to become women. Two friends who become something worse than enemies. In this novel, Toni Morrison tells the story of Nel Wright and Sula Peace, who meet as children in the small town of Medallion, Ohio. Their devotion is fierce enough to withstand bullies and the burden of a dreadful secret. It endures even after Nel has grown up to be a pillar of the black community and Sula has become a pariah. But their friendship ends in an unforgivable betrayal--or does it end?--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York :, Vintage International,, 2004.
Edition: First Vintage International edition.
ISBN: 9781400033430
Branch Call Number: FIC MORR
Characteristics: xvii, 174 pages ; 21 cm


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Toni Morrison tells the story of Nel Wright and Sula Peace, who meet as children in the small town of Medallion, Ohio. Their devotion is fierce enough to withstand bullies and the burden of a dreadful secret. It endures even after Nel has grown up to be a pillar of the black community and Sula ha... Read More »

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Apr 14, 2021

Evil has descended on the town of Medallion , and her name is Sula. “Their evidence against Sula was contrived, but their conclusions about her were not.” Needless to say, she's not very popular amongst the townsfolk.

The subject is a bit dark and sad, but the writing is superb! It is beautiful and lyrical in its descriptions of characters, setting, and pain. The suffering of the characters was tangible to me, and hard to separate myself from. Even with an ending I didn't love, I was totally immersed in this book, and in awe of the author's skills!

Dec 05, 2019

I mean!! What even is there that *I* can say about literary legend Toni Morrison!? To read Morrison is to think the whole time “how is it possible for a person to have this kind of relationship with language and skill at transmitting that relationship onto the page”?? Morrison’s imagery and word choice is exquisitely good, and the way she gets into the intimacy, heartbreak, anger, and secret-keeping of the kind of friendship the two central women have is so gorgeous and so true. This is a book to read and reread and note how its meaning changes for you in different life stages.

EmilyC_KCMO Aug 28, 2018

This is a book about family, history, sex, death, loss, friendship, and self, with vivid, unique characters. Shining through the lyrical writing, there is a love and compassion for those often deemed unlovable. Toni Morrison does not disappoint with this powerful, unforgettable book.

RogerDeBlanck Jan 31, 2018

Sula is Toni Morrison’s second novel, first published in 1973. The book received high critical praise for its cast of unforgettable characters and its fine literary craftsmanship, a staple of every one of Morrison’s novels. Morrison’s many distinctive characters coalesce around the central relationship between two headstrong heroines in a small black town in Ohio. Nel Wright chooses to remain rooted to her community, while her childhood friend Sula Peace heads off for adventure beyond her rural upbringing. Years later Sula returns to her hometown as a reinvented self. The two women find themselves in a heated rivalry over how their different choices have shaped their lives. A rich and rewarding novel with prose so fluid and clear it defines the measure of excellence, Sula examines the diverging paths of two black women as they struggle to renew a friendship broken apart by the modern world.

Franln Sep 11, 2017

Toni Morrison has a compelling way to tell stories about tragic events happening to dysfunctional families.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 04, 2016

Bursting with evocative storytelling and beautiful language indicative of the author, Sula isn't the most gripping of Toni Morrison's early works, but is still worth the read.

Mar 02, 2016

Sula is the 2nd novel by Toni Morrison and was selected as one of the 12 finalists for the National Book Award. With the success of this book, Morrison would become a full-time novelist and the rest is history. This book basically concentrates on the struggle of African-Americans from the years 1919 to 1965. Basically, the only reference to White Racism is how the Whites cheated the African-Americans out of equal land for their labors. Like most Morrison novels, I had to read the first 50 pages or so and then start over, as the construction of her novels has so many seemingly disparate characters who all become related by the end of the novel.

Feb 25, 2015

This book was very compelling! By the end of the novel, it was almost majical to see the different heights and definition of love for the main characters:
Eva (Plum's mother): murdered her son out of love. Her character revealed to me the strength and power of a mother's love for her child and how love provides the momentum through which a mother will do anything to protect and care for her children.
Sula: To me, it was as if Sula thought love to be a "threatening force" without any moral attatchements, feelings, or concern, which led to her being very selfless and selfish which is represented several times throughout the novel.
Hannah (Sula's mother): To me, Hannah thought love is what you "do for" a person and is showed through materialistic things. For example, Hannah loved Sula but didn't like her, which raises the question, can you truly love someone without liking them. In the novel, it was as if Hannah was offended when Sula asked her if she loved her.
Nel (Sula's bestfriend & the wife of Jude): love is a "powerful force" that imperilled the boundaries of her indentity and personality
Another theme I extracted from the novel is sexism. Sula was thought of as the personifaction on evil because of her carelessness when it came to her body. However, Ajax could sleep with whomever he want without being condemned.
What did I learn: LOVE IS SUBJECTIVE!

susanbook123 Dec 08, 2013

Wrong book given. NYPL gave me "Interpretations of Toni Morrison's Sula which I now have to return to library and order Sula AGAIN.

Feb 03, 2013

I find it difficult to feel sympathetic for these characters except for Nel. The violence they exhibit, their remorseless deceptions, their cruelty to others and themselves are unexcusable whatever the circumstances and seem unnatural in any (civilized?) society. The style though is beautiful, lyric at points as in the description of the Bottom and its gentrification.

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Jul 12, 2017

"He fought a rising hysteria that was not merely anxiety to free his aching feet; his very life depended on the release of the knots. Suddenly, without raising his eyelids, he began to cry."

Feb 26, 2015

"You say I'm woman and colored. Ain't that the same as being a man?"

sturner722 May 19, 2012

I don't want to make somebody else. I want to make myself- Sula

debwalker Oct 06, 2010

"And like any artist without an art form, she became dangerous."


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