The One Book/One New Paltz Committee has chosen Home by Toni Morrison as its featured book for the fall of 2013.
The narrative focuses on a young African-American man, Frank Money, who has just returned from the Korean War in the 1950s, a victim of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (although a term not coined until the mid-1970s). Due to traumatic experiences both in his childhood and during the war, he is reluctant to return to his hometown of Lotus, Georgia and instead travels to the Pacific Northwest. His experiences, the reasons for his ultimate return home and what happens once he gets there, drive the story.
This is a slim book and an accessible read, but it nonetheless grapples with important and powerful themes relating to Black culture in the mid-20th century, racism, individual and community and good and evil. It raises the question of whether any of us can ever go home again, while at the same time acknowledging the healing power of home.
Go to the Home events page for the detailed calendar of events during One Book week November 17-24.
For more information about Home, go to http://www.tonimorrisonsociety.org/
Home is available for purchase at either of the wonderful New Paltz local booksellers:
Barner Books, 3 Church St., New Paltz,, 845.255.2635. Click here to access Barner Books.
Inquiring Minds, 6 Church St., New Paltz, 845.255.8300. Click here for Inquiring Minds.
Books may be borrowed from the Elting Memorial Library, 93 Main St., New Paltz, 845.255.5030. Click here for Elting Memorial Library.
Click here for a link to the Mid-Hudson Library System to access the catalog of the Mid-Hudson Library System.