Product Number: 12484
Released: Jan 14, 2000
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780452269651
Publisher: Plume
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Toni Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993. This is an evocative portrait of black urban life during the Jazz Age. In the winter of 1926, when everybody everywhere sees nothing but good things ahead, Joe Trace, middle-aged door-to-door salesman of Cleopatra beauty products, shoots his teenage lover to death. At the funeral, Joe's wife, Violet, attacks the girl's corpse. This passionate, profound story of love and obsession brings us back and forth in time, as a narrative is assembled from the emotions, hopes, fears, and deep realities of black urban life.

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Author(s): Toni Morrison
Product Number EB00170007
Released: Dec 30, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: #9780307388100

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"A welcome addition to unabridged recordings is this reading of new Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison's latest book, an evocation of black urban life in the early twentieth century. Excellent narration by actress Lynne Thigpen enhances the story of Joe and Violet Trace, the people whose lives they touch, and the people who touch their lives. The rhythms of the language match the rhythms of the age, with jazz riffs punctuating the story of loss and redemption. The narrator ably translates the riffs into speech, which adds to the production. While not all can read print and hear its music, most can hear music in an aural work. In some ways, this makes an audio presentation that much more enjoyable. E.F. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine"