Toni Morrison| Fiction, 1970
I watched the PBS special on Toni Morrison, which is excellent, and it inspired me to reread The Bluest Eye. This is the story of Pecola Breedlove, a Black girl In America who has learned racial self-loathing at a very young age, and yearns for the pretty blue eyes that so many White girls have. While sad and insightful, rereading it was not as powerful or profound as I anticipated. If you have never read this first novel by Morrison, I do suggest it. As with all her novels, she tells the stories of being Black from the perspective of being Black. Black readers confirm they see themselves for the first time in literature when they read Toni Morrison.