God Help the Child - Toni Morrison

God Help the Child

By Toni Morrison

  • Release Date: 2015-04-21
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4
From 287 Ratings


The new novel from Nobel laureate Toni Morrison.

Spare and unsparing, God Help the Child is a searing tale about the way childhood trauma shapes and misshapes the life of the adult. At the center: a woman who calls herself Bride, whose stunning blue-black skin is only one element of her beauty, her boldness and confidence, her success in life; but which caused her light-skinned mother to deny her even the simplest forms of love until she told a lie that ruined the life of an innocent woman, a lie whose reverberations refuse to diminish . . . Booker, the man Bride loves and loses, whose core of anger was born in the wake of the childhood murder of his beloved brother . . . Rain, the mysterious white child, who finds in Bride the only person she can talk to about the abuse she's suffered at the hands of her prostitute mother . . . and Sweetness, Bride's mother, who takes a lifetime to understand that "what you do to children matters. And they might never forget."


  • Excellent!

    By FloeticStar
    I enjoyed this book very much. Good read and real to the bone of reality.
  • God Help the Child

    By humbleapplepie
    Very disappointing, as I typically find Ms. Morrison’s writing deep and inspirational. I find this shallow, inconsistent and without focus. Makes me think she’s writing for publishing not for a purpose.
  • Though provoking

    By archetype67
    God Help the Children is Toni Morrison's latest novel and her first set in contemporary time. The story moves between 1st And 3rd person narratives even for the same characters and on a re-read I'll analyze that further. It stands to Morrison's talent that it wasn't something that stood out - it was only on looking back for the review that I realized that sometime Bride - the protagonist- was told in 1st, then in other parts 3rd. The language is typical Morrison - sparse but powerfully descriptive - a dichotomy that has always been part of what I love about her writing. The characters, despite the limited space for development, are fully realized. Their stories are hard, and there is a common thread from the past that connects them, and there is a painful emotional distance that drives choices throughout. Overall, an excellent read with my only real complaint is that I wanted more time with the characters. This latest Morrison novel is not as dark as some of her other ones, but it tackles typical themes of loss and the impact of adults in someone's youth on the adults one becomes. I'm sure, like all of my experiences with Morrison's novels, I'll discover more in subsequent readings, which is yet another reason to enjoy her brilliance.
  • Fantastic

    By LilianC
    This book was a refreshing eye opener about the state of things in the world.realized or not this book will make you thing about the past,present,and future.It will draw you in and keep you reading until the very last page which gives no closure on the characters but it's okay most books never can truly do that.
  • God help the child***

    By Lindalong2
    This was my first Toni Morrison book. I have no idea why it took me so long. Now I have an entire new author to read. She made me feel and understand things I only thought I understood before. I couldn't put it down. I want to know the rest of brides story and her child's. Queen was an amazing character. I had someone almost similar to her in my own life and she is gone now and I miss her so. Highly recommended reading for anyone. There is no one that will not understand this story when read. That Is Toni morrisons great gift. God bless you.
  • Amazing Read!

    By HarmoniousPearl
    This is my first of Toni Morrison books and I am a pleased by the poetry and the story line. I will be reading it again so I don't miss any details.
  • Great Story

    By Ammmieeee
    Wish it would have gone on longer. Ended very abruptly.
  • Unexpected but thought provoking

    By LovelyDimples1
    Listened to the audio version read by Ms. Morrison and it was surprisingly intriguing. Some parts were confusing at first, especially when she started to "physically" revert to her younger self. However, I eventually got the metaphors. What we are taught in our younger years grows up with us in our adult years. Ms. Morrison really hit the nail on the head with this tale. This book will have you examining your path and how your childhood shaped it. Highly recommend for book clubs because of the numerous discussion points.
  • Beauty in These Words

    By princesst30
    This novel takes me back to "The Bluest Eye" in that I find similarities in the prose and overall tale within a tale that makes Toni Morrison's novels stay with me forever. Bride, the main character, is described so well, that I can see her if I close my eyes. She is so multi-layered, yet those layers are slowly revealed, so that a character who initially irked me, became one that I pitied, celebrated, and then loved.
  • God help the child

    By Mficigttffuv1234335263569641
    such a disappointment