Toni Morrison - Salt Lake City

Oct 22, 2022, 3:00 pm


Toni Morrison

Book Title

The Bluest Eye


Salt Lake City

Statewide Region


Zoom Conference Call
202 W 300 N
Salt Lake City , UT 84103-1108
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Join the Beautiful Struggle Book Club as we read The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison.

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The Bluest Eye

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • From the acclaimed Nobel Prize winner—a powerful examination of our obsession with beauty and conformity that asks questions about race, class, and gender with characteristic subtly and grace.

In Morrison’s acclaimed first novel, Pecola Breedlove—an 11-year-old Black girl in an America whose love for its blond, blue-eyed children can devastate all others—prays for her eyes to turn blue: so that she will be beautiful, so that people will look at her, so that her world will be different. This is the story of the nightmare at the heart of her yearning, and the tragedy of its fulfillment.

Here, Morrison’s writing is “so precise, so faithful to speech and so charged with pain and wonder that the novel becomes poetry” (The New York Times).

The Beautiful Struggle

This group is a place for individuals of all races and backgrounds to read classic and contemporary literature written by authors from the African Diaspora (African-American, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Latinx etc.) and Africa. We meet twice a month and read a mix of fiction and non-fiction books. We read books from all genres including historical fiction, biographies/memoirs, mystery/crime, historical nonfiction, literary fiction, romance, sci-fi/afro-futurism and fantasy/adventure. On occasion, we also read books from Native American/First Nation writers. We appreciate great books, strive to expand our awareness of current civil rights issues, and enjoy learning from each other's perspectives. We welcome anyone who shares our love of great literature and informed discussion. We don't require a commitment to attend our meetings, so feel free to join us for one meeting or several, either way, we would love to have you!

ASL interpretation by request.

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This program is made possible with support from Tanner Humanities Center, Utah Humanities, The Beautiful Struggle Book Club and Pen America - Utah Chapter.