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  • Published: 1 September 2004
  • ISBN: 9780099455493
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $19.99


Nobel Prize-winning author of Beloved, Toni Morrison is one of the finest novelists of our times.

A haunting and affecting meditation on love from the Nobel-prize winning author of Beloved.

May, Christine, Heed, Junior, Vida - even L - all are women obsessed with Bill Cosey. He shapes their yearnings for a father, husband, lover, guardian, and friend. This audacious vision from a master storyteller on the nature of love - its appetite, its sublime possession, and its consuming dread - is rich in characters and dramatic events, and in its profound sensitivity to just how alive the past can be. Sensual, elegiac and unforgettable, Love ultimately comes full circle to that indelible, overwhelming first love that marks us forever.

Winner of the PEN/Saul Bellow award for achievement in American fiction

'Love is her best work.a slender but mesmerising tale' Evening Standard

  • Published: 1 September 2004
  • ISBN: 9780099455493
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993. She was the author of many novels, including The Bluest Eye, Sula, Beloved, Paradise and Love. She received the National Book Critics Circle Award and a Pulitzer Prize for her fiction and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honour, in 2012 by Barack Obama. Toni Morrison died on 5 August 2019 at the age of eighty-eight.

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Praise for Love

Toni Morrison makes me believe in God. She makes me believe in a divine being, because luck and genetics don’t seem to come close to explaining her


This is a novel that demands to be read at least twice, for it is so rich and satisfying that it sweeps you into a subtle world that you need time to take in... Quite breathtaking

Daily Mail

Love's power lies in the luminosity and energy of its poetic images


Love is her best work yet, a slender but mesmerising tale

Evening Standard

When Morrison writes at her best, you can feel the workings of history through her prose


Morrison's imagery is as striking and her narrative technique as powerful as ever

Sunday Telegraph

This novel is a searing, haunting, yet beautiful masterpiece. The story resonates in the mind long after the last page is turned. Buy it. Read it

Scotland on Sunday

An affecting and absorbing novel

Sunday Times

Like love at first sight, it has the ability to startle

The Boston Globe

A deeply affecting work by a Great American Novelist who is still...at the top of her form... Morrison's tender, taut prose wastes no word, no syllable, no letter... A novel of devastating revelations, impeccably arranged

The Atlanta Journal

A marvelous work, which enlarges our conception not only of love but of racial politics, the ubiquitous past and...paradise

Los Angeles Times Book Review

A dense, dark star of a novel...with Morrison writing at the top of her game


Toni Morrison reframes the mythology of love in a dark light and comes away with a mesmerizing gem

San Francisco Chronicle

Like every other stealthy Morrison novel, Love has closets and cellars, bolt-holes and trap-doors and card tricks... Yet again, she gives us dreams

Vanity Fair

The carefully crafted work of a storyteller entirely unburdened by her Nobel Prize... William Faulkner and Eudora Welty would feel right welcome... The moral palette of this novel displays a full range of colors

The Christian Science Monitor

A profound commentary on the power of love

The Baltimore Sun

Love is slim and tight as a folded fan, yet from it the author flashes a panorama three generations wide... When the reader closes the book...there is the satisfaction of a song that has ended just right. The standing soloist we applaud....is the fierce literary intelligence of Morrison striking the chords of human experience and playing it wise

The Miami Herald

Magisterial and gripping...a knockout... A reminder of what a marvel a novel can be

Rocky Mountain News

To enter a novel by Morrison is to enter a world fully imagined, and Love is no exception... Love takes you on the first page and holds you in the welcome spell of a writer who knows what she's doing, and who can slip into the most ordinary sentence a twist of surprise

San Jose News

Love is Morrison back at the peak of her talent... The novel lives up to its name and puts to rest any doubts that its author is anything except great

New York Daily News

[A] beautifully wrought meditation on society, family and human nature... brimming with provocative, beautiful writing

Philadelphia Inquirer

Love...[is] like that song you remember from long ago, the one you danced to, sweet and slow, and which has haunted you ever since... Morrison's tale lies in its telling, not just the lilting lyricism of her prose but also the insight into her characters' hidden hearts

The Orlando Sentinel

For pure pleasure, it deserves to be read more than once

Plain Dealer

There is beauty and wisdom in Love... Her lyrical talent and her profound intelligence...make themselves felt

New York Observer

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