African American girls
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of A Mercy by Toni Morrison. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Mar 7, 2011 — Fran Ross' Oreo is an uproarious look at American identity, through the eyes of a biracial girl. The funny, poignant novel was largely ignored when it was published in 1974 — but writer Mat Johnson says the time for the quirky novel is now.
Nov 24, 2008 — Set in the 17th century, Toni Morrison's new novel A Mercy is the story of a slave girl whose mother gives her away to a stranger in a desperate attempt to secure her a better future. Maureen Corrigan hails the book as a prequel (of sorts) to Morrison's earlier novel Beloved.
Oct 27, 2008 — In this special, four-part reading, Toni Morrison presents a pivotal episode from her new novel, A Mercy. The book explores the repercussions of an enslaved mother's desperate act: she casts off her daughter to save her.
Oct 27, 2008 — Nobel laureate Toni Morrison says she wanted to "remove race from slavery" in her new novel. Set in 17th century America, A Mercy features black, white and Native American characters in different degrees of servitude.
Aug 9, 2007 — Children's books written to include black characters have become easier to find in recent years. But have they really gone mainstream? And what does it mean to write a culturally specific children's book?