Sula is a novel by Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison published in 1973. It's set in a small town in Ohio, focusing on two girls, Nel and Sula, both black, both poor, who share their dreams until Sula escapes to live a vagrant city life for ten years. Their devotion is fierce enough to withstand bullies and the burden of a dreadful secret. It endures even after Nel has grown up to be a pillar of the black community and Sula has become a pariah. But when Sula returns, the bond of their friendship is broken.
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. Hailed by critics for its stunning language and its original, honest depiction of the black way of life after the Civil War, Sula was nominated for the National Book Award.
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