I found this a very sad book. The multiple, subtle hints of racism between blacks and whites and, sadly, black to blacks, build up to a disturbing ending. Mysterious, sometimes hard to believe, but always powerful.
Morrison never ceases to amaze me! This book explores many different themes, including the richness of the African-American heritage; the importance of discovering family history; coming of age; the thin line between love and hate; incest; the "money-is-the-root-of-all evil" principle; domestic violence; resentfulness among siblings; and racially-motivated violence. A great read! Not her best, but still a rare jewel and must-read.
A coming of age story of Milkman, an African American boy growing up in a relatively wealthy family. Macon Dead III, aka Milkman, seems to always be surrounded by controversy... either between his parents, among his friends, or with his aunt and her family. He grows up feeling no connection to his family and drifting through an easy life provided by his father's property wealth and his mother's reputation as the doctor's daughter. Milkman embarks on a journey that ultimately helps him find his heritage and himself... He learns to "fly" on his own.
I can see why so many people consider this a rich, deep story. I read it in just a few days. The ending was unexpected, and I'm still trying to understand it. This novel and the people in it are unforgettable.