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  • A great storyteller

  • Jazz blazes with an intensity more usually found in tragic poetry of the past, not in fiction today.... Morrison's voice transcends colour and creed and she has become one of America's outstanding post-war writers... A great storyteller, her characters have amazing and terrible pasts - they must find them out, or be haunted by them

  • Morrison’s writing of a black romance pays its debt to blues music, the rhythms and the melancholy pleasures of which she has so magically transformed into a novel

    London Review of Books
  • The author conjures up worlds with complete authority and makes no secret of her angst at the injustices dealt to black women

    New York Times Book Review
  • Wonderful... A brilliant, daring novel... Every voice amazes

    Chicago Tribune

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