New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1974. First edition. Fine book in Fine dust jacket. Signed by the author on the title page. Publisher’s orange cloth binding with gilt to spine and front cover. Original dust jacket unclipped with first edition issue point price of $5.95 (clipped jackets typically being a sign of later printings). Text block tight and pages clean and unmarked.
Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison’s critically acclaimed second novel presents the coming-of-age of two young Black women, Sula and Nel, following them from their shared childhood dreams and into separate adulthoods, in which the former tries to escape their small town while the other tries to fit in. “As Morrison illustrates in Sula, community and self-identity can sometimes intertwine and clash with one another. Specifically, Black women find themselves in a specific intersectional conflict where they must negotiate the conflicting requirements of their relationship to the Black community as a whole – their solidarity with Black men against racist oppression – and their relationship to women of all races in an effort to resist sexist oppression. Sula is the perfect example of this intersectionality as she finds herself torn in different directions as the different passions which compel her to act also serve to motivate her. The struggle for her own self identity is prevalent throughout the novel… Sula’s life has been decided by the double oppression of race and gender” (Messing). (Item #1981)