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By Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Haunting, complex tale of friendship best for older teens.

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Based on 1 parent review

age 18+


I read it because it was on my junior in high school's syllabus. It was just fine as far as story line but a bit disturbing & confusing to me. I feel like it would be an R rated movie so that's why I said 18&up.

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Heady, complex, haunting, and achingly beautiful, this classic American novel is a layered story that only gets more thought-provoking as readers delve deeper into its various themes and symbolism. Author Toni Morrison presents her characters as fully human and explores ideas and situations that are both true to life and jarring. Through the story of two girls, she explores serious themes, including poverty, racism, patriarchy, sexual and economic freedom of women, what happens when women eschew gender and societal norms, relationships between and among women, and PTSD triggered by war.

SULA is at once bound by its time (early to mid-20th century) and timeless, because the issues in the novel still have cultural and political relevance. It's a perfect book to stimulate deep discussions of broader societal issues.

Book Details

  • Author: Toni Morrison
  • Genre: Literary Fiction
  • Topics: Friendship , History
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Knopf
  • Publication date: November 1, 1973
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 14 - 18
  • Number of pages: 192
  • Available on: Paperback, Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: July 13, 2017

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