I was deeply saddened by the death of literary genius, Toni Morrison, last week. She is the reason that I am a writer. My goodbye letter to one of the most prolific writers I have ever read:
I met you when I was 13. My mother’s book club was reading The Bluest Eye, and passed it on to me after she was done with the copy. I couldn’t believe how you took such disturbing subject matter and made it poetic, compelling, and even humorous at times. Those gems at the heart of such a painful tale hooked me to your lyrical style. I still have that copy from 1985. It’s falling apart. People tell me to get a new copy, but I can’t. It’s like the first present your soulmate ever gave you, and you won’t part with it.
I followed you through Beloved, Song of Solomon, and Sula, and Love. Even though Oprah’s movie version of Beloved didn’t do well in theaters, I was still in awe of how it bolstered your ability as a storyteller. You were the camp counselor, telling me a story by a campfire, and I was a rapt child, slack-jawed with attention.
You famously said that you should write a book that you don’t see on shelves, and that is just what I do. You didn’t get published until you were 39, and I didn’t until I was 38. You put the pen in my hand, and made me believe in myself, as a storyteller.
Your death last week was hard to take. I totally understand that you had been called home because you were done here, but I will miss you and your fantastic tales. Maybe I will see you in the next life. We can have coffee and talk books.
The Bluest Eye remains one of my favorite Toni Morrison books. Find out more about it here.
I’m pleased to announce the release of my 8th book, Skoll’s Diary.
Africans and African Americans left Earth in 1900, and went to another planet in The Milky Way to escape mistreatment…
It’s now the year 3005 on that terraformed planet. We get a peek into the life of a bright and sensitive teenaged boy, Skoll, through his journal. He loves his world, but is curious about life on Earth. Then suddenly, an epic event casts him in the middle of a difficult decision. The fate of the planet’s community is in his hands.
Get the book here. I’d appreciate your leaving a review if you read it. Thanks in advance!