Milkman Dead was born shortly after a neighborhood eccentric hurled
himself off a rooftop in a vain attempt at flight. For the rest of
his life he, too, will be trying to fly. With this brilliantly
imagined novel, Toni Morrison transfigures the coming-of-age story
as audaciously as Saul Bellow or Gabriel Garcia Marquez. As she
follows Milkman from his rustbelt city to the place of his family s
origins, Morrison introduces an entire cast of strivers and
seeresses, liars and assassins, the inhabitants of a fully realized
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