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This rich and moving novel traces the lives of two black heroines--from their growing up together in a small Ohio town through their sharply divergent paths of womanhood to their ultimate confrontation and reconciliation The one Nel Wright chooses to stay in the place of her birth to marry to raise a family to become a pillar of the tightly knit black community The other Sula Peace rejects all that Nel has accepted She escapes to college submerges herself in city life and when she returns to her roots it is as a rebel a mocker a wanton sexual seductress Both women must suffer the consequences of their choices both must decide if they can afford to harbor the love they have for each other and both combine to create an unforgettable rendering of what it means and costs to exist and survive as a black woman in America Back CoverWith the exception of BoyBoy those Peace women loved all men It was manlove that Eva bequeathed to her daughters Probably people said because there were no men in the house no men to run it But actually that was not true The Peace women simply loved maleness for its own sakeCant help loving your own child No matter what they doWell Hester grown now and I cant say love is exactly what I feelSure you do You love her like I love Sula I just dont like her Thats the differenceGuess so Likin them is another thingSure They different people you knowSula only heard Hannahs words and the pronouncement sent her flying up the stairs In bewilderment she stood at the window fingering the curtain edge aware of a sting in her eyeTheir conviction of Sulas evil changed them in accountable yet mysterious ways Once the source of their personal misfortune was identified they had leave to protect and love one another They began to cherish their husbands and wives protect their children repair
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