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Beloved
Beloved | Toni Morrison
Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. And Sethes new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved. Filled with bitter poetry and suspense as taut as a rope, Beloved is a towering achievement.
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kgriffith
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Would you call this book magical realism? Supernatural? Something else?
(Photo purely for ears and toebeans) #catsoflitsy

DrexEdit I find magical realism as a term is applied more often to works of literature and supernatural more often to describe genre writing. Not saying I agree with those classifications, just what I've most often found to be true. Based on that I'd call Beloved magical realism. Although I doubt anyone would have called it that at the time of its publication! 16h
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I don‘t think I‘ve ever read a book like this before. It‘s heartbreaking in how real it is.

Cathythoughts ♥️♥️♥️ 2d
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kgriffith
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“Hurt?”
“A touch.”
“Good for ya. More it hurt, more better it is. T‘ain‘t nothing heal without pain, y‘know.”
Carne fritas. #puertorriqueno #audiocooking

Cathythoughts Great quote ♥️ 2d
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kgriffith
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“But if her shining was not for him, who then? He had never known a woman who lit up for nobody in particular, who just, did it as a general announcement.” Well captured, Toni Morrison, and also, 🤨
#malegaze #audiobook #audiocooking

Bookzombie What are you making? 3d
kgriffith @Bookzombie corn ice cream! I had it in Puerto Rico and it was soooo good, that I had to get the attachment for my KitchenAid and find a recipe 😊 3d
Eos462 I too want to know what you are making! 3d
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Eos462 Oh! Nevermind! You just told us. That sounds awesome 3d
Bookzombie That sounds yummy! 3d
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hilded
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This was my first #bookhaul post here at Litsy. A little more than two years after, only three of them are read 🙈 (Beloved, The Blind Assassin and They Shoot Horses, Don‘t They?). Still want to read the rest of them, hopefully soon 🤞🏻

Fun idea @Lcsmcat 😊
#bookhaulchallenge
#toomanybookstoolittletime

Lcsmcat Thanks for playing! There are some good books in that stack! 4d
hilded @Lcsmcat I have enjoyed the ones I‘ve read, looking forward to the rest of them:) 4d
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BeckyMerilatt
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Rest In Peace.

Glad to have only now encountered this book. As a mother. I feel like to say anything else about it would be to rob it of some of its power.

Cathythoughts 👍🏻♥️♥️ 4d
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DivineDiana
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A recent purchase in memory of Toni Morrison. Although there are many covers of this book available, this Vintage 2004 edition is a favorite. #treasurefound

Billypar I just read this and was amazed, even with high expectations going in. Instant favorite! 5d
Cathythoughts It‘s amazing 5d
rambiepaige I love this series of covers they did for her books so much 😞💕 5d
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DivineDiana @Billypar Looking forward to it! 5d
DivineDiana @Cathythoughts 👏🏻📚❤️ 5d
DivineDiana @rambiepaige I want the entire collection! ❤️ 5d
readordierachel Reading this now for the first time ❤ 3d
DivineDiana @readordierachel Looking forward to your review! ❤️ 3d
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kgriffith
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The only “problem” with TM narrating her books is that I sometimes get lost in the cadence of her speech rather than hearing the words she‘s saying. So exquisite, on every level.

Lindy I find her voice quite soporific. If I‘ve already read the story, listening to Morrison narrate her work is fine because it doesn‘t matter if I fall asleep; I won‘t miss plot points. 6d
Dogearedcopy I listened to this one earlier this year and I loved her voice! I found it to be mesmerizing. And too, I appreciated the way she gave shape to the lyrical prose, something I feel I would have missed had I just read it in print. 6d
kgriffith @Lindy and @dogearedcopy, Agreed. I do think I‘ll add her to my narrations I love for falling asleep to — currently, it‘s Frazer Douglas narrating The Song of Achilles, chapter 9 and on. (edited) 6d
Cathythoughts I‘d love to listen to her .. I‘ve only read some of her books .. 👍🏻♥️ 6d
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Billypar
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Hauntings are often explained as a spirit returning because of an earthly trauma so intense that the sheer force of it propels the wronged soul back to life. This novel doesn't just reference that lore, it inhabits every part of it: how it feels for both the soul and the haunted. And Morrison also depicts how the living can be said to be haunted by their own past traumas, in this case, those suffered while enslaved.👇

Billypar These are not contained by flashback chapters, but they interrupt the present story in the same way that memories intrude in daily life. The traumas appear in fragments that haunt the characters, who fight to shut them out. The poetry of this novel is so powerful that I constantly found myself rereading passages, and the full meaning would reveal itself slowly, but with a ghostly force in its own right that mirrored the events being described. 2w
Cathythoughts 👍🏻♥️💔 2w
cherinium I really like the way you describe the memories in this book. I really struggled to get through this book because of these interruptions. Thinking of it as you have described actually helps it to make more sense to me. Thank you! 💕 2w
Billypar @cherinium Thanks! ☺️ It's tough to do her style justice in a short review, but she's an author I can't read slowly enough or I miss things (and inevitably still do even when going slow). I don't reread books often but I hope I read this one again. 1w
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Nute
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....once again, because I have no choice...I shall read it differently this time...

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Nute
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She looked like she always had something powerful to say. She wrote as if this world needed a reminder of its humane spirit and its responsibility of benevolence towards one another. I can only hope that I said Thank You each and every time I finished reading one of her books.
My heart breaks for the loss of her earthly presence, but my heart leaps for the remembrance of her literary canon.
Thanks for writing, Toni Morrison! You shall be missed!❤️

Come-read-with-me @nute such an eloquent tribute. Thanks for sharing 2w
Cathythoughts Beautiful words ♥️ 2w
Melwilk I love your heartfelt tribute. She will be missed, but I agree we are so fortunate to be left with her work. 2w
erzascarletbookgasm Beautiful! 💜 1w
kgriffith “I can only hope that I said Thank You each and every time I finished one of her books” — what a beautiful tribute, and I concur. 3d
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Kayla.Adriena
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Late in posting but RIP Toni Morrison.

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EclecticReaders
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Rest in power, Toni Morrison. 😔 What‘s your favorite book of her‘s?

ephemeralwaltz Song of Solomon and Sula, so far! 2w
cathysaid Song of Solomon 2w
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Billypar Paradise, but I'm in the middle of Beloved so that may become a new favorite. 2w
bookishdawg Beloved ❤️💔 2w
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Mitch
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“Her writing was a beautiful, meaningful challenge to our conscience and our moral imagination. What a gift to breathe the same air as her, if only for a while”
Barrack Obama 😢

CoffeeAndABook 😢😢😢 2w
ephemeralwaltz The greatest 2w
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strandbookstore
Beloved | Toni Morrison
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“He licked his lips. ‘Well, if you want my opinion-‘
‘I don‘t, ‘ She said. ‘I have my own.”
― Toni Morrison, Beloved

📖 https://buff.ly/2GSdavd

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JazzFeathers
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I had the great good fortune to attend a conference by Morrison at a book festival a few years ago. She totally won me over.
She was a beautiful human being and a born storyteller. Even her interview sounded like a story were layers and layers of meaning were hidden.

R.I.P. Toni Morrison. Thanks for the great gift you gave us.

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theshrinkette
Beloved | Toni Morrison
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“He licked his lips. ‘Well, if you want my opinion-‘
‘I don‘t, ‘ She said. ‘I have my own.”

RIP Toni.💔

I've been crying a lot since the news. This week has been horrendous, but this was the hardest blow.

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Valeka
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RIP Toni Morrison. She was such an influence for my own writing. We lost a great one.

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ErinSueMreads
Beloved | Toni Morrison
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"Make up a story. ... For our sake and yours forget your name in the street; tell us what the world has been to you in the dark places and in the light. Don't tell us what to believe, what to fear. Show us belief's wide skirt and the stitch that unravels fear's caul."

I am just so damned sad today.

#tonimorrison

Mandigolightly It‘s just such a profound loss 2w
UwannaPublishme 😢😢😢 2w
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YummyLibrarian
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MsLeah8417
Beloved | Toni Morrison
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Rest in power, our Beloved Queen. 💔

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cherylmorton
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Behold, my copy of Beloved from high school, back when our country‘s greatest literature was printed in mass market paperback. I remember my awe that every word, every sentence, was perfection. You could not change a single word because each one was just exactly what it needed to be. She will always be an inspiration. #tonimorrison #literarylegend

BarbaraBB Lovely post 💔 2w
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Billypar
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I'll join the chorus in mourning Toni Morrison's passing, and remembering her incredible career. She is truly one of the all-time greats of literature. I can say that with confidence after just 4.5 books of hers: I can't wait to read them all. I'm about halfway through Beloved and am completely under its spell.

Cathythoughts ♥️♥️💔 2w
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StephBengtson
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I know I don‘t get to pop on here much anymore thanks to my crazy schedule, but I wanted to pay my respects to Toni Morrison. Sula and Beloved were my first introductions to Black literature thanks to my high school English teachers. Morrison opened a door for me to a world of great books and perspectives that I would have never seen. Rest in Power to a true icon. 💜 #ToniMorrison

Leftcoastzen Absolute greatness ! 😢 2w
MelissaSue81 I have never read her books, but I actually picked up a copy of Beloved from a LFL this weekend. I feel like it‘s a sign that I need to get on its 2w
StephBengtson @MelissaSue81 yes!! It won her the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. The first African American Female to earn one. I think I‘m due for a reread of this magical book. 2w
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Kshakal
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RIP Toni Morrison... you will be missed. 😢

BarbaraBB Beautiful picture 💔 2w
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LogiKitty
Beloved | Toni Morrison
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#RestInPower dearest Toni. You sit on your throne alongside Octavia as one of the greatest black female writers of all time, but most certainly in American history. You will be dearly missed, but your voice and vision will persist as your legacy. 😭❣️

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tournevis
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Reposting this amazing portrait of this wonderful author hanging at the United States' National Portrait Gallery in DC. May she rest in power. We owe her much.

Leftcoastzen She was amazing!❤️😢 2w
batsy That's a great photo. 2w
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brit91
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RIP Toni Morrison such a beautiful amazing talent gone she will be missed by many.

Leftcoastzen ❤️😢 2w
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Awk_Word_Smith
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"We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives." —During her Nobel Prize speech in 1993

She is no longer ours, but belongs to heaven again.

Leftcoastzen 😢❤️ 2w
staci.reads That may be my favorite picture I've seen today . 💔 2w
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Branwen
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R.I.P. Toni Morrison. Thank you for your words, your truths, and your stories. 💕📚💕

SW-T 😢💔😢 2w
Eyelit 😢 2w
staci.reads 💔 2w
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wideeyedreader
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#bookhaul! I got some good ones today, including Beloved in honor of Toni Morrison

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘ve good Beloved also... I should read it next ❤️ 2w
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FreeReadAndWrite
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SW-T 😢😢😢 2w
lele1432 😥😥😥 2w
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JacqMac
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She used words in such a beautiful way. I‘m so glad she shared them with all of us. #RIP

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BarbaraBB
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Goodbye Tony Morrison. Thank you for bringing us your language 💔

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 😢😢😢 2w
Kalalalatja 💔 2w
CarolynM 💔 2w
ephemeralwaltz She is immortal 2w
ephemeralwaltz 💔💔💔 2w
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TheBookbabeblog84
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TheBookbabeblog84
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A true revolutionary has passed. Rest in Power Miss Toni. Thank you for loving us with your words. #tonimorrison #passingofanicon

SW-T 😢😢😢 2w
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she_isthe_arrow
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"Definitions belong to the definers, not the defined."
#restinpeace #tonimorrison

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UnidragonFrag
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I own the tagged book, but haven't read it yet. If you've read any Morrison, what would you say is her best work or where to start?

She passed yesterday at 88 and seemed to have lived a very full life. She's won some pretty prestigious awards, too!

BookNAround I used to teach Beloved to my college freshmen. It‘s my favorite of her books. “124 was spiteful.” Such a great first line. 2w
Lcsmcat Beloved was my first. I think it‘s a great way to jump in. 2w
JacqMac Beloved was my first, too. But I think you can start anywhere. Her writing is so wonderful. 2w
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ephemeralwaltz Anywhere! I think Sula would be a great place to start. 2w
CuriousG I might be inclined to start with The Bluest Eye, and then move on to Beloved and/or Song of Solomon. But really, anywhere is a good place to start. Her work is brilliant 2w
UnidragonFrag @BookNAround @CuriousG @ephemeralwaltz @JacqMac @Lcsmcat looks like Beloved will be a good first bet, thank guys! 2w
Lcsmcat I hope you enjoy it! 2w
staci.reads Beloved will tear your heart out. The language in The Bluest Eye is magic. Sula is a powerhouse of storytelling. I'd start with one of those. 2w
UnidragonFrag @staci.reads thanks! I'm thinking I'll start with Beloved. Your short descriptions make me want to get the other two though, too. 2w
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sherryvdh
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😢 So sad to hear this news. May she rest in peace.

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rambiepaige
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I‘m so sad to see her leave this world. She will always be one of, if not my favorite authors. Rest easy, sweet lady 💔

SW-T 😢💔 2w
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daena
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Thank you, for your gifts. Rest in Power.

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Cathythoughts
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Rest In Peace Toni Morrison ♥️Her writing is so moving ... it makes me think of Joni Mitchell‘s song : A Case Of You. Toni Morrison .... she gets into your blood , like holy wine. 💔

Bibliogeekery Love that song! 2w
Cathythoughts @Bibliogeekery me too. I could read a case of Tony Morrison too & still be on my feet ... I‘ve only read three of her books. Must get back to her ... ♥️💔 2w
ephemeralwaltz 💔💔💔💔💔❤️❤️❤️❤️ 2w
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Graciouswarriorprincess
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Toni Morrison, you will be missed. We lost a great women in the literary world today!

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conny
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“Something that is loved is never lost.”

May you rest in peace.

Cathythoughts Beautiful quote ♥️ 2w
Bibliogeekery 💔♥️ 2w
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SW-T
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Rest In Peace, Ms. Morrison 😢

The first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, Ms. Morrison was the author of 11 novels as well as children‘s books and essay collections. Her novels were characterized by visionary force and poetic import.

A spokeswoman said the cause was complications of pneumonia.

Ms. Morrison will be missed in ways words are inadequate to express. A national treasure has been lost 😢😢😢😢😢

lele1432 😞😞😞 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 😢😢😢 2w
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Meaw_catlady
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I haven‘t read any of Morrison‘s books. But from all the Good things I‘ve heard today on posts on Litsy about her death. And now I‘m reading a graphic novel adaption of Little Women and she mentions her. I think it‘s time for me to read some of her works.

Meaw_catlady Ps. I am crying reading this graphic novel. They‘ve done a great job with this retelling. 2w
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Bkwurm
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By any measure—but especially in language—Toni Morrison changed our lives through hers. Rest In Peace fine lady. 💙

merelybookish Lovely tribute! ♥️ 2w
Graciouswarriorprincess Beautiful for a beautiful woman and author! 2w
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NovelGirl82
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RIP Toni Morrison- This is from my favorite book of hers, Beloved. This quote stuck with me from the time I read this in high school, and served me well.

Bibliogeekery Love this quote! RIP! 2w
Cathythoughts 👍🏻♥️♥️ 2w
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staci.reads
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I'm heartbroken 😔 She was a gift to the world and a literary artist.

CaitlinR “Love is or it ain't. Thin love ain't love at all." (Beloved) 2w
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