Great Authors: Toni Morrison


Everyone who knows me, knows that I am a huge fan of Toni Morrison.  The first book I read by Toni Morrison was Song of Solomon in my junior year of high school.  I was overwhelmed by the beauty and depth of her writing.  And while most readers complain about the challenge of reading her book,  I found it to be exhilarating---and I still do. In my senior year of high school, my mother and I added all of Toni Morrison's books to our private book collection.  Then we began reading them together, devouring her intricate plots and mesmerizing characters, even quoting passages to each other in amazement of her talent.

Over the years, I have continued reading each her books, anxiously awaiting the release of a follow up.  Ms. Morrison is a masterful storyteller and has probably won every literary prize ever granted including the coveted Pulitzer Prize for Literature.

Three of my favorite books by Toni Morrison are Jazz, Love and Paradise.  If I could pinpoint what I love most about her writing, it would have to be her unusual descriptions and how she draws you into a world that she's created for you without wearing you down in details or boring you to death.  I also love the exotic characters with their interesting names and fascinating characteristics.  All writers look for that pitch-perfect balance within their writing that incorporates all that I've listed, and Ms. Morrison makes it seem effortless.

There is so much I could say about Toni Morrison, but it is her talent and mastery of storytelling that makes her an honoree of the Great Authors Series.