Home (Morrison novel)

Home is the tenth novel by the American author Toni Morrison, originally published in 2012 by Alfred A. Knopf. It tells the story of Frank Money, a 24-year-old African-American veteran of the Korean War, and his journey home "a year after being discharged from an integrated Army into a segregated homeland."[1]

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AuthorToni Morrison
CountryUnited States
GenreAfrican-American literature
PublisherAlfred A. Knopf Inc.
Publication date
May 8, 2012
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback), audiobook, e-book
LC ClassPS3563.O8749 H66 2012
Preceded byA Mercy 
Followed byGod Help the Child 


Home received mixed, but mostly positive, reviews. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly described Morrison's novel as "[b]eautiful, brutal, as is Morrison's perfect prose."[2] Writing in the New York Times, Leah Hager Cohen criticized the lack of subtlety in the novel's symbolism, but concluded: "This work's accomplishment lies in its considerable capacity to make us feel that we are each not only resident but co-owner of, and collectively accountable for, this land we call home."[1] In a review for the Washington Post, Ron Charles wrote: "This scarily quiet tale packs all the thundering themes Morrison has explored before. She’s never been more concise, though, and that restraint demonstrates the full range of her power."[3] Erich Schwartzel, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, noted flashes of "beautiful, tactile writing", but characterized Home as "an easy narrative that...never finds a resplendence to place it alongside [Morrison's] better, more realized work."[4]


  1. ^ a b Cohen, Leah Hager (May 17, 2012). "Point of Return: 'Home,' a Novel by Toni Morrison". The New York Times. Retrieved January 3, 2013.
  2. ^ "Home". Publishers Weekly. PWxyz, LLC. March 26, 2012. Retrieved January 3, 2013.
  3. ^ Charles, Ron (May 1, 2012). "Book review: Toni Morrison's 'Home,' a restrained but powerful novel". Washington Post. Retrieved March 27, 2014.
  4. ^ Schwartzel, Erich (June 17, 2012). "Toni Morrison's 'Home' finds her fumbling". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved January 3, 2013.

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