Author: Toni Morrison
Publication Year: 2012
Edition: KindleSource: Edelweiss
Setting: WA and GA
Date Completed: 5/2012
A lot of terrifying things happen in the first few pages of Home. Two young siblings out in a field at night see beautiful horses and the hasty burial of a black man. He is being tossed from a wheel barrel by hooded men, the same men who are forcing families from neighborhoods as well. These sad beginnings were just a prelude to what Frank Money and his sister Cee would experience later in life.
Their parents worked long hours in the cotton fields and died an early death. Abused by grandparents, Frank was protective of his younger sister Cee, but when Frank left for the Army to fight in the Korean war, Cee took off with the first man who paid any attention too her, and neither plan worked out well for the siblings.
When Frank is released from the Korean war, he's a broken man, having witnessed his friends being killed in battle. While his girlfriend tries to ease his emotional pain, she's unsuccessful. Home, is mostly a story about Frank, and what life was like in the early 1950's for a black, unemployed man, reentering society after the war. It's only after a desperate letter arrives telling Frank he must go back to Georgia to save his sister, that Frank finds a chance to save himself as well.
Home is short novella, fewer than 200 pages, but like Morrison's other novels, it packs a punch. Although I read this book a month ago and thought it was very good, I had a hard time writing about it until now. Yes, it's a sad story, and the first person narration made it even sadder at times. As always Morrison's writing is beautiful, contemplative and memorable, but the story itself wasn't quite as deep as some of her earlier works -- still highly recommended though.