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"Richly revelatory not only of human nature but of the troubled history of black America."
--Brooke Allen, in the N.Y. Times Book Review's front cover review

"Paradise is Morrison at her novelistic best...It symbolically explodes one of the myths of race...It is the strangest and most original book that she has written."
--Louis Menand, The New Yorker

"Surpassing and transcendent."
--John Leonard, The Nation

"It will no doubt go onto the tier of her most loved work."
--Gail Caldwell, Boston Globe

"With her new novel" says TIME Magazine's cover story "the Nobel laureate shows that she's the Great American Storyteller." "A tale of Faulknerian complexity and power," the TIME review by Paul Gray continues, "To read it is to be pulled into a passionate, contentious and sometimes violent world and to confront questions as old as human civilization itself."