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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Alfred a Knopf Inc
Publication date April 1, 2002
Pages 174
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780375415357
ISBN-10 0375415351
Dimensions 0.75 by 6 by 8.75 in.
Weight 0.75 lbs.
Original list price $24.95
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Summaries and Reviews
Summary
The intense friendship shared by two African American women raised in an Ohio town changes when one of them leaves to roam the countryside and returns ten years later.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Toni Morrison's first novel, The Bluest Eye (1970), was acclaimed as the work of an important talent, written--as John Leonard said in The New York Times--in a prose "so precise, so faithful to speech and so charged with pain and wonder that the novel becomes poetry."

Sula has the same power, the same beauty.

At its center--a friendship between two women, a friendship whose intensity first sustains, then injures. Sula and Nel--both black, both smart, both poor, raised in a small Ohio town--meet when they are twelve, wishbone thin and dreaming of princes.

Through their girlhood years they share everything--perceptions, judgments, yearnings, secrets, even crime--until Sula gets out, out of the Bottom, the hilltop neighborhood where beneath the sporting life of the men hanging around the place in headrags and soft felt hats there hides a fierce resentment at failed crops, lost jobs, thieving insurance men, bug-ridden flour...at the invisible line that cannot be overstepped.

Sula leaps it and roams the cities of America for ten years. Then she returns to the town, to her friend. But Nel is a wife now, settled with her man and her three children. She belongs. She accommodates to the Bottom, where you avoid the hand of God by getting in it, by staying upright, helping out at church suppers, asking after folks--where you deal with evil by surviving it.

Not Sula. As willing to feel pain as to give pain, she can never accommodate. Nel can't understand her any more, and the others never did. Sula scares them. Mention her now, and they recall that she put her grandma in an old folks' home (the old lady who let a train take her leg for the insurance)...that a child drowned in the river years ago...that there was a plague of robins when she first returned...

In clear, dark, resonant language, Toni Morrison brilliantly evokes not only a bond between two lives, but the harsh, loveless, ultimately mad world in which that bond is destroyed, the world of the Bottom and its people, through forty years, up to the time of their bewildered realization that even more than they feared Sula, their pariah, they needed her.

Editions
Hardcover
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Large print edition from Thorndike Pr (November 1, 2002)
9780786246533 | details & prices | 214 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.90 lbs | List price $30.95
About: Sula and Nel-both smart, both poor, raised in a small Ohio town-meet when they are twelve.
The price comparison is for this edition
from Alfred a Knopf Inc (April 1, 2002)
9780375415357 | details & prices | 174 pages | 6.00 × 8.75 × 0.75 in. | 0.75 lbs | List price $24.95
About: The intense friendship shared by two African American women raised in an Ohio town changes when one of them leaves to roam the countryside and returns ten years later.
from New Amer Library (September 1, 1987)
9780452260108 | details & prices | List price $6.95
About: The intense friendship shared by two Black women raised in an Ohio town changes when one of them leaves to roam the countryside and returns ten years later
from Alfred a Knopf Inc (October 1, 1973)
9780394480442 | details & prices | 174 pages | 5.75 × 8.75 × 1.00 in. | 0.85 lbs | List price $26.00
About: The intense friendship shared by two Black women raised in a Ohio town changes when one of them leaves to roam the countryside and returns ten years later
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Vintage Books (June 1, 2004)
9781400033430 | details & prices | 174 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.46 lbs | List price $15.00
About: The intense friendship shared by two black women raised in an Ohio town changes when one of them leaves to roam the countryside and returns ten years later.
With Random House Mondadori (other contributor) | from Debolsillo (February 5, 2004)
9788497932646 | details & prices | 215 pages | 5.00 × 7.50 × 0.75 in. | 0.38 lbs | List price $10.95
About: Esta es la historia de Sula y Nel, dos ninas que crecen juntas en un barrio de negros, compartiendo sus suenos e ilusiones.
from Plume (April 1, 2002)
9780452283862 | details & prices | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.35 lbs | List price $13.00
About: The intense friendship shared by two African American women raised in an Ohio town changes when one of them leaves to roam the countryside and returns ten years later.
from Plume (April 1, 2002)
9789990016796 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.40 lbs | List price $0.02
This edition also contains Sula
With Edward Verrall Lucas | from New Amer Library (November 1, 1993)
9780451182401 | details & prices | 4.25 × 6.75 × 0.50 in. | 0.25 lbs | List price $5.99
This edition also contains Adventures and Enthusiasms
About: Sula and Nel-both smart, both poor, raised in a small Ohio town-meet when they are twelve.
Reissue edition from New Amer Library (October 1, 1989)
9780452263499 | details & prices | 174 pages | 5.50 × 8.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.35 lbs | List price $13.00
About: The intense friendship shared by two African American women raised in an Ohio town changes when one of them leaves to roam the countryside and returns ten years later.
from Plume (September 1, 1987)
9780452252271 | details & prices | List price $7.95
About: A rich, moving novel that 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.
With Mary Connealy | Reissue edition from Bantam Books (June 1, 1981)
9780553205176 | details & prices | List price $2.75
This edition also contains Now and Forever
About: Sula and Nel-both smart, both poor, raised in a small Ohio town-meet when they are twelve.
Cassette/Spoken Word
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Unabridged edition from Books on Tape (April 1, 2002)
9780736687300 | details & prices | List price $36.00
About: Book by Morrison, Toni
Unabridged edition from Random House (April 1, 2002)
9780553756838 | details & prices | 4.50 × 7.00 × 1.25 in. | 0.10 lbs | List price $25.95
About: The intense friendship shared by two African American women raised in an Ohio town changes when one of them leaves to roam the countryside and returns ten years later.
Unabridged edition from Random House (August 1, 1997)
9780679460725 | details & prices | 4.00 × 7.50 × 1.00 in. | 0.35 lbs | List price $25.95
About: The intense friendship shared by two African American women raised in an Ohio town changes when one of them leaves to roam the countryside and returns ten years later.
Reinforced
from Demco Media (October 1, 2004)
9780606325004 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $22.34
About: The intense friendship shared by two black women raised in an Ohio town changes when one of them leaves to roam the countryside and returns ten years later.
Prebinding
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Reprint edition from Paw Prints (November 3, 2008)
9781439568491 | details & prices | 174 pages | List price $22.00
This edition also contains Sula
About: Sula and Nel-both smart, both poor, raised in a small Ohio town-meet when they are twelve.
from Turtleback Books (June 1, 2004)
9781417694808 | details & prices | 5.25 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $24.55
About: The intense friendship shared by two black women raised in an Ohio town changes when one of them leaves to roam the countryside and returns ten years later.
from Turtleback Books (July 1, 2003)
9780613598248 | details & prices | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.55 lbs | List price $22.45
About: The intense friendship shared by two African American women raised in an Ohio town changes when one of them leaves to roam the countryside and returns ten years later.
from Turtleback Books (October 1, 1999)
9780833555403 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $22.25
About: The intense friendship shared by two African American women raised in an Ohio town changes when one of them leaves to roam the countryside and returns ten years later.

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