God Help the Child by Toni Morrison
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Such a short novel, but so powerful. The issues of skin color and how even within the black community it matters are front and center in Bride's life, with the opening and closing chapters really punctuating them. How her life starts to unravel when her boyfriend leaves, only saying "You not the woman I want" will resonate with any woman rejected, but how she handles things after and the resolution are at once exasperating (particularly with regards to her job) and poignant. At times I wished there were more to the story, but then maybe I wouldn't have appreciated it so much.
ARC provided by publisher.