the bluest eye toni morrison

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The Bluest Eye
224 pages; Vintage
Holmes first discovered Toni Morrison when she read Beloved for a high school English class. "We had a great teacher who valued discussion," she says. Later she read The Bluest Eye, about the difficulty of feeling pretty in a culture that discriminates. "Morrison has such an ability to write about painful topics in a fresh way," she says. "I loved this book, but I missed having a group to debate it with."
— As told to Abbe Wright