Join fellow Columbia alumni as the book club discusses Beloved by Toni Morrison selected by Dr. Roberta M. Feldman. Our host David Hartmann hopes you will attend for an evening of lively discussion.
In 1987, Toni Morrison’s Beloved won the Pulitzer Prize. In 2006, Beloved was named “the single best work of American fiction published in the last twenty-five years” by a New York Times poll of 200 critics, writers, and editors. Beloved tells the story of Sethe, an ex-slave who has resettled to the outskirts of Cincinnati with her daughter, Denver. Near the beginning of the book, the two are joined by Paul D, once Sethe’s fellow slave on a Kentucky plantation called “Sweet Home.” It’s 1873, the Civil War has been fought, and though slavery as a legal institution is over, it has only started its haunting of the African-American psyche. Meet with fellow Columbia alumni for an evening of lively communication as we discuss Beloved’s contribution to American literature.