By Toni Morrison
Oprah introduced me to this novel when we started filming Beloved. It was the first book I'd read that touched on the experiences of young black girls in a society that doesn't seem to embrace us. It was amazing to see how it spoke to the pain and confusion I felt—and to realize I wasn't the only one. Morrison tells Pecola Breedlove's story so honestly and tragically. Thankfully, I was given a strong base by my parents, an understanding of who I was and my strength.