Home is the newest haunting and original work from the grande dame of
contemporary American fiction.
The post-war prosperity of the McCarthy era had an underbelly, and
that is where this story is set: a world governed by anti-communist
hysteria, racism, and a savage war abroad. Home is both a reflection
on history and an exploration of the world we live in today. For
example, racist violence, the struggles of disenfranchised veterans,
and the quest for a new masculinity are themes which remain painfully
relevant. And yet, with her signature lyrical prose, Morrison handles
such cumbersome topics with so much craft and ease that the reader is
swept along as if having a bittersweet dream about the past.
If you've never read Toni Morrison, this is an excellent book to start
with: short, taut, and absorbing. If you're familiar with her canon
than you won't need my recommendation (or Obama's for that matter) to
bump this book to the top of your bedside stack.