fans of literary fiction, the announcement of a new Toni
Morrison novel is kind of like that new "Star
Wars" preview — it won’t be out for several
months, but that won’t stop devotees from getting
really, really excited.
house Alfred A. Knopf has released details about the
Nobel Prize-winning author’s 11th novel, "God
Help the Child," which is set for release on April
21. Knopf describes the book as "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
Morrison’s previous three novels, "God Help the
Child" will be a slim volume, weighing in at just
192 pages. This will be Morrison’s first novel in
three years, following "Home" in 2012. That
book received somewhat mixed reviews, but Morrison, who
is 83, has shown no signs of slowing down.
was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012,
and more recently delighted comedy fans with a Nov. 19
appearance on "The Colbert Report." In that
interview, Morrison told host Stephen Colbert that she’d
just read her 1987 novel "Beloved." "It’s
really good!" she said, drawing laughter and
applause from the audience and a handshake from Colbert.
novelist also jokingly tried to add another line item to
her long résumé. Colbert noted that President Obama
had said that Morrison’s "Song of Solomon"
"taught him how to be." "Are you
partially to blame for Obamacare?" Colbert asked.
"I take full responsibility for Obamacare,"
Morrison replied to cheers, adding that perhaps it
should be called "Tonicare."