By Toni Morrison
In her latest novel, the Pulitzer Prize winner delivers a characteristically grave look at the tragic implications of early slavery through the intertwining stories of a group of adrift souls in the American colonies.
"Her voice was barely above a whisper, but there was no mistaking its urgency. 'Please, Senhor. Not me. Take her. Take my daughter.' "
-- A desperate
slave mother trades
away her child