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Frank is an angry, broken veteran of the Korean War who, after traumatic experiences on the front lines, finds himself back in racist America with more than just physical scars. He is shocked out of his apathy by the need to rescue his medically abused younger sister and take her back to the small Georgia town they come from and that he's hated all his life.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Characteristics: 145 p. ;,22 cm.


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Chloe Anthony Wofford Morrison, commonly known as Toni Morrison, died on 5 August 2019. Toni wrote novels and essays, and was also an editor, teacher, and professor emeritus at Princeton University. She won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993 - it was awarded to Toni "who in novels characterized by visionary force and poetic import, gives life to an essential aspect of American reality."… (more)

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With lush prose and themes of racism, reflection and hope, highly acclaimed author Toni Morrison skilfully and eloquently compresses a profound journey of discovery into just 160 pages. Mentally scared from serving in the Korean war, black veteran Frank escapes from an asylum in order to rescue h... Read More »

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Mar 27, 2020

Who was the man in the blue "zoot" suit who appeared to Money on the train then glimpsed again at the end of the novel ? An apparition who represents what ?
Would love an enlightened answer for me.

TSCPL_LissaS Mar 09, 2020

"The rules and accommodations normal families made were a fascination that did not rise to the level of envy." I loved this thought from Frank, early in the book.

"Sun-smacked or not, she wanted to be the one who rescued her own self." And I loved this thought from Cee, later in the book.

GREAT book discussion selection.

Jul 14, 2019

I wouldn't have thought that I'd ever find Toni Morrison derivative, but this certainly was. This was Ellison's Invisible Man lite, down to some specific plot points. A lot more readable than Invisible Man, but a shadow of it nevertheless. This isn't to say the story wasn't powerful, effective and well-written - just not original. The novel concerns Frank and Cee, a brother and sister who came of age in the south during the time of the Korean War, in which Frank served. The chapters from Frank's point of view were much better than Cee's, whose eventual empowerment was unbelievable and just too - pat. Morrison has written about 10 novels and I truly loved the first 5 - and I haven't enjoyed any of the last 5. I might need to be done.

ArapahoeStaff26 Feb 10, 2018

The ending portrays a vision of heaven on earth found amid degrading racism, poverty, and war.

RogerDeBlanck Jan 31, 2018

With a literary career that spanned into its fifth decade with the publication of Home, Morrison continued to produce work as powerful and unforgettable as any fiction in this day and age. Home may be a slender novel, but it lacks none of the storytelling ingenuity and character depth that are hallmarks of every one of Morrison’s works. A veteran of the Korean War, Frank Money returns to the states with the great fortune of having escaped physical wounds. More distressingly, though, he suffers from nightmarish flashbacks over the atrocities he committed as a soldier. He is also distressed over any thought of returning to his godforsaken hometown of Lotus, Georgia. When a letter arrives from a resident of his childhood town telling him that his younger sister, Ycidra ("Cee"), has fallen victim to a crime, Frank bolts back to the place he despises in order to save her.

The central story of Frank and Cee is compelling and tender. It recounts life's struggle to survive and to find ways to forgive and move on. Morrison packs surprises and shocks, and the ending is tremendously sad and beautiful in its power to explore how any transgression can be faced with dignity and how solace can be found in a redeeming act of grace. The main plot is supplemented with side stories, full of their own intrigue. Even in such a short novel such as Home, Morrison's range of narrative is extraordinary. Everything feels so authentic and every character, no matter how minor, feels so real. Her novels are never one straightforward narrative. They are canvases with various spots of unforgettable insight. They are interwoven tableaus of places and people. Morrison offers up fascinating details, and her prose is vibrant and fresh, reminding us of her brilliance. Even in its brevity, Home is another testament that with each work Toni Morrison breaks new ground as an artist and re-establishes the measure of what every writer should do: challenge their self and continue to produce work that bristles with emotion, packs a punch, and evokes admiration.

Franln Aug 14, 2017

I love Toni Morrison's writing. The Bluest Eye is my favorite one so far but this one is very good too.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 03, 2016

Home lacks the riveting storyline typical of early Morrison, but does not neglect the beautifully selected language that is indicative of any Morrison story.

Jan 28, 2016

Frank Money, an African-American a Korean War vet, discovers that he is still treated as a subhuman by most whites on his return to the American South. This is the first book I have ever read about an African-American Korean vet who risked his life to preserve the freedom of Southern Whites to discriminate against him. Without writers like Toni Morrison, Americans would continue to believe that only whites are heroes. In Django Unchained we saw a 19th century White plantation owner forcing his slaves to wrestle to the death. In this book, you read that the practice still existed in the 20th century.

May 18, 2015

I read this in almost one session. Another great novel form Toni Morrison about a black veteran arriving home from the Korean war. His trials, his nightmares and his journey back to a home town he never wanted to return to. That is all I will say. Get it and read it.

Jun 03, 2014

A restrained novella telling a story of redemption. It is unusual for Morrison in its male protagonist, but usual in containing the themes which preoccupy her. This is a remarkably hopeful story given the personal circumstances of Morrison's life at the time.

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Feb 14, 2013

I rarely give a novel less than three stars but this one merited it despite the very talented author, Toni Morrison. The novel centers around a Korean veteran, Frank, who makes his way home to Lotus, Georgia to help care for his fragile sister, Cee. Frank encounters prejudice, cruelty but also much kindness along his trip across the United States. He does battle with a thieving policeman who attempts to keep him in a holding ward and encounters kind and not so kind preachers along the way willing to give him a helping hand. He attempts to unsuccessfully reconcile with his wife, Lily. Despite setbacks, he trudges onward to Georgia to find his beloved Cee who is in a bad way. The wonderful plot withstanding, the novel is bogged down with needless descriptions of items that do not add to the plot. We read descriptions from everything about the flora, to houses, to the punctilious inner workings of a character's mind. Morrison is known for her lyricism and that lyricism has worked wonderfully in some of her books such as "The Bluest Eye" but here it detracts from the stunning plot which can stand on its own. I do not recommend this book by Morrison. It is not one of her best. If the reader is looking for a novel which merits Morrison's talents, I recommend "The Bluest Eye."


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Jun 30, 2012

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