Margin Notes: God Help the Child
God Help the Child
by Toni Morrison
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This was a short book, but a good one. It's concise and precise. Really well written with beautiful language. The characters were round, flawed, and honest. I felt like it gave me a glimpse into a world I'm not familiar with and one that I learned from. At the beginning of the book, I wasn't sure who I was following and the plot felt a little like it was meandering, but when it came together it made sense and made my earlier wondering about the plot all the more interesting. The last chapter really elevated this book for me and made me think about the story in a larger-implications way--the cycle of life, how mothers influence children who influence others. It turned from a small portrait of two families to a portrait of how cyclical life is. A really sad book, but a beautiful and smart one. The commentary on family is what is really sticking with me.