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Rebecca Carroll's Great American Novel: 'Sula' by Toni Morrison

Rebecca Carroll's Great American Novel: 'Sula' by Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison once said: “We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.” Nowhere is this more vividly true than in the pages of “Sula,” Morrison’s 1973 novel about the stunningly Orphic friendship of two black girls growing up in a small Ohio town over the span of 20-plus years starting in the early 1900s. As a follow-up to her impossibly brilliant debut novel, “The Bluest Eye,” “Sula” somehow manages to be not only as extraordinary but also as sublime.

When it comes to the criteria for a Great American Novel, there is, of course, the matter of effective storytelling. But there...

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