Toni Morrison, in my opinion, is the James Joyce of the second half of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21th century. She is part of that rarefied stratosphere of artists that has risen way above the clouds and shines like one the brightest stars in the universe.

Ms. Morrison’s “Love,” published in 2005 is another brilliant and mesmerizing work of artistry that left this reader mystified and in total awe. Her use of words, her development of characters and story, and the composition of the entire novel is simply amazing and in the end heart-wrenching.

The novel follows three generations of black women living in a once thriving beach town that slowly dissolves into a near ghost town and it is through these women and their select memories of Bill Cosey, the flamboyant, successful hotel and club owner, that we relive the glory days of this once thriving resort town and its slow and inevitable decline. His grip on their lives extends way beyond the grave and revelations about his character and behavior is both horrifying and complex, and in many ways awe inspiring, set against a background of racial prejudice, poverty, injustice and the power of51kurn0k3uL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_ money.

The ocean is a source of life, and at the same time a source of death. Money provides, and at the same time it takes away the most precious of all gifts… Family and friends and the comfort of each others love.

Simply an amazing piece of art.

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