"As girls, Nel and Sula shared each other's discoveries and dreams in the poor black mid-West of their childhood. Then Sula ran away to live her dreams and Nel got married. Ten years later Sula returns and no one, least of all Nel, trusts her. SULA is the story of the fear that makes people accept self-pity; the fear that will not countenance escape and that justifies itself through myth and legend. Sula herself is cast as a witch and demon by the people who resent her strength. They attack her with the most pervasive weapon of all, the weapon of language and story. But Sula is a woman of power, a wayward force who challenges the smallness of a world that tries to hold her down."
Nobel Prize-winning author of Beloved, Toni Morrison is one of the finest novelists of our times.
"Extravagantly beautiful... Enormously, achingly alive... A howl of love and rage, playful and funny as well as hard and bitter" New York Times "Morrison explores the mythic power of femininity in a poor and isolated rural black community where women rule as mothers, warriors, witches and story-tellers... One of the most compelling writers at work today" The Times "Toni Morrison makes me believe in God. She makes me believe in a divine being, because luck and genetics don't seem to come close to explaining her" Guardian "In characters like Sula, Toni Morrison's originality and power emerge" The Nation "Sula is one of the most beautifully written, sustained works of fiction I have read in some time... [Morrison] is a major talent" Chicago Tribune
Toni Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993. She is the author of nine novels, including The Bluest Eye, Beloved, and most recently, A Mercy and has received the National Book Critic's Circle Award and a Pulitzer Prize. She is Robert F. Goheen Professor at Princeton University.