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- Full Title: Sula
- Where Written: Washington D.C.
- When Published: November 1973
- Literary Period: 1970s Feminism, postmodernism, Magical Realism
- Genre: Generational saga, family drama
- Setting: Medallion, Ohio
- Climax: The mass death at the New River Road on January 3, 1941
- Antagonist: It’s hard to pin down any definite antagonist in Sula: all the characters have their vices and virtues. However, one could certainly say that racism functions as a kind of general antagonist impacting all of the characters.
- Point of View: Third person limited—the novel is told from the perspectives of many different characters, including Nel, Sula, Eva, Shadrack, and Jude.
Renaissance Woman: Toni Morrison isn’t afraid to say that she’s talented. When she appeared on The Colbert Report in 2014, she told Stephen Colbert that she’d recently re-read her 1987 masterpiece, Beloved. Her conclusion? It was “very, very good.”
Awards, awards, awards: Morrison has won virtually every honor available for an American writer: the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Pulitzer Prize, the American Book Award, etc. In 1993, she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. As of 2015, she is the most recent American, the only American woman, and the only African-American to win this honor.