By Toni Morrison
(Random House Audio, Audio Cassette, Abridged, 9780375401794)
Publication Date: December 24, 1997
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Toni Morrison reads her spectacular novel, Paradise.
"Her voice creates a sense of magical realism." - AudioFile
In Paradise -- her first novel since she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature -- Toni Morrison gives us a bravura performance. As the novel begins deep in Oklahoma early one morning in 1976, nine men from Ruby (pop. 360), in defense of "the one all-black town worth the pain," assault the nearby Convent and the women in it. From the town's ancestral origins in 1890 to the fateful day of the assault, Paradise tells the story of a people ever mindful of the relationship between their spectacular history and a void "Out There . . . . where random and organized evil erupted when and where it chose." Richly imagined and elegantly composed, Paradise weaves a powerful mystery.
Toni Morrison is Robert F. Goheen Professor at Princeton University. She has written six previous novels, and has received the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize. She won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993.