A Mercy

I ushered in this week by going to hear Toni Morrison read from her long-awaited new novel A Mercy. Described as a novel about slavery before slavery became racialized, the story captures readers from the first line: “Don’t be afraid.” Hearing Morrison read her own words of course is an added treat. I even managed to ask the author a question about the traveling women in her novels, a subject I’m fascinated with and writing about myself. Morrison says she finds it interesting to craft a story around a woman not only traveling alone but propelled by passion. I can’t wait to find out where that passionate journey takes her.


About jennifer williams

Jennifer D. Williams is a writer and professor of English and Women's and Gender Studies. She has published in academic journals and online at Ms.blog, PopMatters, among other sites. Jennifer is currently working on a book that looks at black women's urban literature between the Depression and the civil rights era.

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