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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  16,639 ratings  ·  2,273 reviews
America's most celebrated novelist, Nobel Prize-winner Toni Morrison extends her profound take on our history with this twentieth-century tale of redemption: a taut and tortured story about one man's desperate search for himself in a world disfigured by war.

Frank Money is an angry, self-loathing veteran of the Korean War who, after traumatic experiences on the front
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Hardcover, 147 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Knopf (first published April 3rd 2011)
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Jim Fonseca
A man recently released from the Korean War is heading back across the United States. He is traveling from the West Coast to a town in rural Georgia where his sister is in some kind of trouble.

The man has PTSD. He has ‘incidents.’ In fact he just escaped from a mental hospital where he was thrown in after one such unidentified incident. He is traveling south by train and bus, getting money from ministers of black churches. The south is still segregated so he often has to pee in the bushes at
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Will Byrnes
Aug 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Frank is a black Korean War veteran, a year out, suffering PTSD, imprisoned in a mental hospital for actions he cannot remember. He has been engaging in a range of self-destructive behaviors that have led him to this bedraggled state. He had received a letter concerning his sister, “Come fast. She be dead if you tarry,” and must find his way home. There are barriers to be overcome, people who will help, and memories to be relived. One mystery that propels the tale is what happened to cause Frank ...more
KFed
May 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
At this point I've read all of TM's novels, save one -- Paradise -- and that was a novel I at least started and wanted to get through but life got in the way. (Maybe, also, I'd gotten far enough to know it wasn't going to be my scene). As well, I've seen her read three times -- once from A Mercy a year before it was published and again shortly after it was released, with the memories of that earlier reading still ringing fresh in my ears. The final time I heard her read it was from this novel, ...more
Dolors
Apr 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: No need to belong
Shelves: read-in-2015
What does Home mean?
How does one get there?
How can one call home to a place that alienates and drains and degrades individuals?
Morrison takes the reader on a pilgrimage to unlock the mysteries of that misleading word.

Destitute Frank Money, an allegorical surname in which Morrison exposes her refined irony to view, felt more at home in a desegregated army fighting for survival than in the racially torn Lotus, his hometown in Georgia. A year has passed since he came back home from Korea and he
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Rowena
Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: african-american
“Lotus, Georgia, is the worst place in the world, worse than any battlefield. At least on the field there is a goal, excitement, daring, and some chance of winning along with many chances of losing. Death is a sure thing but life is just as certain. Problem is you can’t know in advance.” - Toni Morrison, Home

The above are the words of an African-American Korean War vet, Frank Money. This novel is about Frank’s journey ‘home’ to Lotus, GA, a place he swore he would never go to again, to rescue
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Duane
Toni Morrison proves with this 2012 novel that she still has it. This one may not be as "beloved" as some of her earlier writing but it is still undeniably unique, undeniably Toni Morrison. This short novel tells the story of a returning Korean War veteran, an African-American from Georgia, who realizes that bigotry and racial prejudice still exists, even for those who served our country in war. Sadly, that is still true today, and not just for African-Americans, but for many other religious and ...more
Cheryl
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who can handle psychological meanderings
I wanted to dislike this book for its dismal "mood." Hesitant, I wondered whether to continue reading this now, or abandon it for later, when I could bear the thought of stepping back into time with the main character as he visited a traumatic past. I don't quite know how to welcome hopelessness as a thematic undertone and overtone, so this week especially, I didn't know whether I could suffer with Frank as he faced the world with an outlook of disdain and pure agony, remembering when he had no ...more
Tod Wodicka
Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Teresa
May 16, 2012 rated it liked it
3 and 1/2 stars

I would never dare to criticize Toni Morrison; I love the way she writes. I love the way she writes in this novella too, but anything I'd say about this book would be subject to how much more strongly I felt about her other novels. (It's the way I tend to rate any author of whom I've read more than one work.) And I admit that if this book were written by any other writer (or if it were the first thing I'd read by her), I most likely would've given it a solid 4 stars.

I especially
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Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013

Home is my first book by Toni Morrison: I picked it because it was the easiest to find at the library, and I kept seeing the author's name in my friends reviews. I believe I've stumbled upon something good. If I go by the ratings and the mixed reviews here at Goodreads, I expect I will run out of stars to give when I get to her more notorious novels, seeing as I couldn't give less than five stars on my first experience of the author's work. I could find no real fault with the presentation.
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Jason Koivu
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
When I need a dose of lyrical prose to just wash over me, I know I can turn to Toni Morrison.

Morrison always delivers something beautifully rendered, even if heart-rending, such as a Korean War vet whose having a damn hard time finding his way home.

Home jumps about from place to place, person to person. Home is, as they say, where the heart is, and Home is full of heart, albeit an often sad heart.

Do not come to this book expecting a linear story following a single character with a sole
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Darlene
Oct 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Nobel Prize winner, Toni Morrison, has a tremendous gift for writing novels that possess an 'in your face' quality. She takes the African American experience throughout United States history and forces you to really SEE and FEEL that experience .... no matter the discomfort it causes or the sense of horror and revulsion you feel. In her novel, Home, she writes a story about angry and dejected Korean War veteran , Frank Money and his younger sister, Cee.

This story, Frank and Cee's story, doesn't
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Michael
Catching up here on reads from a few months back. I can’t let my 8th rewarding read of her work pass without saying something. Why keep coming back to her well? Yes, all her work reflects on issues of racism, on its many varieties and its pervasiveness, destructiveness, and insidiousness. But her prose, storytelling, and contribution to understanding human nature in its broad aspects makes her a consistently reliable source for great reading.

Here we get the story of Frank, a black Korean War
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Erin
Mar 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Isn't it strange that even as hungry as we readers are for the written word, some authors still manage to elude us for years? Believe it or not, this is my first experience reading the beautiful writing of Toni Morrison. A novella, more than a novel, "Home" explores a veteran of the Korean War, Frank, and his sister, Cee. Frank is experiencing what we would refer to as PTSD , flashes of his time on the battlefield and the death of his comrades, including two of his childhood best friends haunts ...more
Julie Christine
Toni Morrison never takes the easy way out. She rarely offers closure, she never spares the reader the pain, violence and disappointment that have shaped the black experience in America. Yet her books are never without slices of redemption, compassion and even moments of joy that make the intolerable somehow bearable.

Home, barely weighing in as a novel at 145 pages, packs every one of Morrison's literary themes into its compact format: Jim Crow, sharecropping, strong, independent female
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Gregsamsa
Jul 11, 2013 rated it did not like it
I worship this woman and think of Paradise as an almost ideal novel (and not only cuz I lived all up in there), but this latest one is utterly disappointing throwaway fluff. Unless you're a completist fan, DO NOT BOTHER. If you have never read her, I absolutely FORBID you to start with this one.

She stated that she intended to show how hard it was for black soldiers coming back from the Korean war. Yeah, that woulda been cool if she'd given us the tiniest glimpse of that instead of an utterly
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Sydney Young
This is a book worth a deeper dig so I've reread it on my Kindle for its highlighting ability. I highly recommend Home to readers and classrooms. Below is a small bit of why I chose it to book review at the Paris Public Library (this Thursday at 6:30, hope you can join me), beginning with the opening quote:

“Whose house is this?
Whose night keeps out the light
In here? Say, who owns this house?
It’s not mine. I dreamed another, sweeter, brighter
With a view of lakes crossed in painted boats;
Of fields
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Joseph Sciuto
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Home" by Toni Morrison lacks the amazing and breathtaking descriptions in so many of her other books. It lacks the many fascinating, well-developed characters in her other books, and it lacks the magical and lyrical backdrop that she is so famous for, but what it doesn't lack is its brilliance.

"Home" is a short novel, 147 pages, and the word count is probably one-fourth her usual word count in books like "Paradise" and "Beloved." Frank, is a Korean war veteran who with two other friends joins
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Lisa
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Who else but Toni Morrison could write a powerful novel about 1950s racist America in less than 150 pages? Frank Money, scarred from his experience fighting in Korea, pulls himself out of his own trauma to help his sister and find his way home. Toni Morrison is an amazing writer!
Andre
May 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read in a review that "Toni never puts language above story." I agree with that statement 100%, and the prioritizing of story is on full display in Home. This is a short book, but very fertile. How can she pack so much, in so thin a volume. The themes she touches on, each could be a full novel on its' own.

Frank Money has returned from the Korean war, with a deep secret. He has covered this secret with mourning the lost of his two best friends, a "mourning..so thick it completely covered my
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Roy
– The divine Toni Morrison has been giving us shorter novels to enjoy lately. As with A Mercy, Home comes in at an unintimidating page count. But in this novel, in addition to brevity (it can easily be read over the course of a day if you have some spare time) we are also gifted with greater accessibility. Many non-book readers, and non literary fiction readers, steer clear of Toni Morrison because her exquisite use of language does not make for light reading. Her poetic verse can be challenging ...more
Judy
May 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Toni Morrison fans, women

A new novel by Toni Morrison is always cause for celebration in my world. In her tenth novel, she follows the life of Frank Money who escaped from his small Georgia town by joining the army, as so many disenfranchised young men have done. He fought in the Korean War and returned to America traumatized and troubled, only to find the same old racism under which he had always lived.

Adrift, half crazy, he gets a message that his only sibling is at death's door. So he leaves the only person who has
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Sofia
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it

A different view of 1950's America than given by Hollywood's clean 'Doris Day' version. This is a dirtier, poorer America where we meet traumatized, Korean War veteran Frank returning home from the war. Returning to an America who had not accepted him or his colour before and moreso now, eventhough he has more than paid his dues. His America is an America that even makes it difficult for him to travel from one place or another, a place without any wall of safety where he can rest a bit.



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Rosemari
Jul 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: novels
I never have time to review anything seriously, but I'm always reading. "Home" was a real surprise & I have too much respect for Morrison to accept that this book was as formulaic as I found it. There has to be something else there. Please let me know if you found it. However, I wasn't thrilled about "a mercy" as well. It too I found formulaic. I'm going to give it some time and read them both again. I read "Song of Solomon" again recently and was blown away, weeping at the end. I was ...more
La Tonya  Jordan
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to La Tonya by: Circle of Friends Book Club
Shelves: favorites
A marvoulous novel of coming home and going full circle. Raised in rural Georiga. Drafted into the Vietnam war. Returning, after the war, to save his sister realizing life and love is where it all begins. Going through racial hatred, self-hatred, and the dangerous of life. A must read. Toni Morrison writing is vibrant, vivid, and powerful. A must buy and read for all times. A Must Read For Everyone.

A must read.
Donna
Dec 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
I don't feel qualified to critique a novel by Toni Morrison, but I do have an opinion about this book, however uninformed I might be concerning literature of this nature. The book was brief, only 147 pages, but it still managed to lose its focus by widening its lens too much.

The book starts out with a traumatic experience for both Frank and his sister, Cee, when they were children, then moves on to Frank's life as an adult. He is a Korean war veteran who joined the army with his friends to
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Trish
Toni Morrison reminds us that home has no physical boundary nor any physical location but is always about love. We find home wherever “our people” be.

Morrison reads the novel for Random House Audio and she reads it slowly, like poetry, like she means every word and every word has a meaning. She sets the scene in the late fifties, early sixties, in a time we may have forgotten. The Korean War has ended but Blacks still do not have the right to vote. A young soldier comes ‘home’, his mind
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Leslie Reese
May 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Deirdre’s (BrownGirlReading) recommendation, I read Toni Morrison’s Home. It was nearly a swift read. I hadn’t read a book by Morrison since Jazz because I had grown tired of sludging through her quicksand of haunted characters. What is so essential to her stories is how she taps into what’s been wounded in order to restore integrity, and sometimes even tenderness....I think spiritually, and in the imaginations of readers. And it isn’t always people who need healing. Often it is the ...more
Jennifer (aka EM)
May 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: novellas
This felt like "Morrison-lite." A strong story, and it packed a big emotional punch, but I felt like it lacked the complexity (of language? of structure? of thought?) that is the hallmark of her style - and that truly sets her apart. This either needed to be pared back to a short story (as it is, it's probably close to a novella, not a novel, anyway) - or blown out to a full novel.

Or maybe it just needs to stand for what it is: a minor work, but no less worthwhile a read, because it's Toni
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Lulu
Jan 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book spoke to me on a personal level! Absolutely loved it.
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Toni Morrison (born Chloe Ardelia Wofford) was an American author, editor, and professor who won the 1993 Nobel Prize in Literature for being an author "who in novels characterized by visionary force and poetic import, gives life to an essential aspect of American reality."

Her novels are known for their epic themes, vivid dialogue, and richly detailed African American characters; among the best
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“Whose house is this? Whose night keeps out the light In here? Say, who owns this house? It’s not mine. I dreamed another, sweeter, brighter With a view of lakes crossed in painted boats; Of fields wide as arms open for me. This house is strange. Its shadows lie. Say, tell me, why does its lock fit my key?” 30 likes
“Misery don't call ahead. That's why you have to stay awake - otherwise it just walks on in your door.” 17 likes
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