The past has a hold like no other... Sweetness wants to love her
child, Bride, but she struggles to love her as a mother should.
Bride, now glamorous, grown up, ebony-black and panther-like, wants
to love her man, Booker, but she finds herself betrayed by a moment
in her past, a moment borne of a desperate burn for the love of her
mother. Booker cannot fathom Bride’s depths, with his own love-lorn
past bending him out of shape. Can they find a way through the
damage wrought on their blameless childhood souls, to light and
happiness, free from pain? Toni Morrison’s fierce and provocative
new novel exposes the damage adults wreak on children, and how this
echoes through the generations.