Toni Morrison’s Upcoming Novel ‘God Help the Child’ Deals With Childhood Trauma.

Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison’s upcoming 11th novel, God Help the Child, is one of the most hotly anticipated books of the year. According to a press release the novel will look at how “childhood trauma shapes and misshapes the life of the adult.” Here’s a bit more about the book,

Spare and unsparing, God Help the Child is 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 woman, a lie whose reverberations refuse to diminish … Booker, the man Bride loves and loses, whose core of anger was born in the wake of the childhood murder of his beloved brother … Rain, the mysterious white child, who finds in Bride the only person she can talk to about the abuse she’s suffered at the hands of her prostitute mother … and Sweetness, Bride’s mother, who takes a lifetime to understand that “what you do to children matters. And they might never forget.”

God Help the Child hits stores on April 15th.