"This rich and moving novel traces the lives of two black heroines--from their growing up together in a small Ohio town, through their sharply divergent paths of womanhood, to their ultimate confrontation and reconciliation. The one, Nel Wright, chooses to stay in the place of her birth, to marry, to raise a family, to become a pillar of the tightly knit black community. The other, Sula Peace, rejects all that Nel has accepted. She escapes to college, submerges herself in city life, and when she returns to her roots, it is as a rebel, a mocker, a wanton sexual seductress. Both women must suffer the consequences of their choices; both must decide if they can afford to harbor the love they have for each other; and both combine to create an unforgettable rendering of what it means and costs to exist and survive as a black woman in America." (Back Cover)

Exerpts from Sula - The Noble Foundation

Essays and Articles
War and Peace: Transfigured Categories and the Politics of Sula - Patricia Hunt
"New World Woman": Toni Morrison's Sula - Maggie Galehouse
Toni Morrison's Sula: a Satire on Binary Thinking - Rita A. Bergenholtz
Singing the Blues/Reclaiming Jazz: Toni Morrison and Cultural Mourning - Roberta Rubenstein
Toni Morrison and the Burden of the Passing Narrative - Juda Bennett
'Let Evil Run its Course': Rivalry, Scapegoating and Conversion in Toni Morrison's Sula - Hanna Mäkelä and Justus Liebig [.pdf]
Representing the (Un-)Expected — Dream, Violence, and "Danse Macabre" in Toni Morrison's Sula - Ya-huei Lin [.pdf]
The Politics of Abuse: The Traumatized Child in Toni Morrison and Marguerite Duras - Laurie Vickroy
Sula and Beloved: Images of Cain in the Novels of Toni Morrison - Carolyn M. Jones
Missing Peace in Toni Morrison's Sula and Beloved - Rachel Lee
"A direction of one's own": Alienation in Mrs. Dalloway and Sula - Lorie Watkins Fulton
Immigration and Labor Patterns in Toni Morrison's Sula - - V. Sathyaraj and G. Neelakantan
Revolutionary Suicide in Toni Morrison's Fiction - Katy Ryan, African American Review
Women's Relationships: Female Friendship in Toni Morrison's Sula and Love,
         Mariama Ba's So Long a Letter and Sefi Atta's Everything Good Will Come - Kadidia Sy
The Presence, Roles, and Functions of the Grotesque in Toni Morrison's Novels - Alyce R. Baker [.pdf]

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