Beloved Summary

PULITZER PRIZE WINNER • NEW YORK TIMESBESTSELLER • A spellbinding novel that transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. With a new afterword by the author. 

This "brutally powerful, mesmerizing story” (People)is an unflinchingly look into the abyss of slavery, from the acclaimed Nobel Prize winner.

Sethe was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. Sethe has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. And Sethe’s new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved. 

“A masterwork.... Wonderful.... I can’t imagine American literature without it.” —John Leonard, Los Angeles Times

Book Reviews

Mickj 02

A piece of history no one wants to know.5 star

An amazing book. Just as it says in the end, it’s not a story to be passed on, or remembered. The ultimate love sacrifice in an insane period of the United States.55

Red Brooklyn Tree

Beloved5 star

Heartbreakingly beautiful love letter to the human soul55


Love!5 star

Love this book. It is such a unique and dark tale of the guilt mothers hold based on the choices they’ve made when raising their child. Although this is extreme, most mothers can relate to the guilt in their own lives.55


Beautiful and Haunting5 star

Read in a few days. Some parts are difficult, but the storyline is a testament of the power of women when they come together.55


Mesmerizing, painfully so.5 star

This is a work of genuine beauty. It’s wrapped in a story of wholly American history that is so painful to finish but worth all that it inflicts on you.55


Beloved5 star

Great book, it’s a difficult and heavy read but it is enjoyable! You have to set time aside to read and dive deep into the different levels of the novel.55


Great Topic but disruptive storyline2 star

Loved the topic, but the narrative was too ethereal and imo lost the cadence of the story line. I got too annoyed with the constant loss of plot line to finish the book. Unfortunate experience with TM.25


Amazing5 star

Beautiful and capturing story. One of the best books I’ve ever read.55


Its desent2 star

In my Opinion I feel like this should be point more towards adults I found this book in my highschool and was very shocked by some of the text in the book.25

Judge Choa Vang

Beloved5 star

Best book l have every read. I use it as a standard, no other book has been able to surpass. I realized, early on, when I was reading it, that it was my responsibility to pay attention and 'listen' to the story as I read it. I had thought that I understood what slavery was, but, the book 'Beloved' taught me the true horror of slavery. I was even more horrified when I found out that it was based on a true case and not all that uncommon occurrence (I am referring to women killing their children to save them from the horror of slavery). I am no longer so smug about what I 'think' I know. It made me feel very humble.55

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