Beloved is not a book I would normally pick up. I was gifted it through a Halloween swap on Litsy. I am glad I received it because it proves if you pick up something out of your comfort zone you might actually like it.
This story follows Sethe, an escaped slave who settles in Ohio with her mother-in-law. Eighteen years later she still has horrible memories of Sweet Home, the farm she once worked on. If that isn’t enough to deal with her new home is haunted by the ghost of her nameless baby. All that was engraved on her tombstone was Beloved.
I was horrified by this story. It is brutal. It is a hard book to read. But that is the point. Going through Sethe’s memories was heart wrenching. Slowly we find out why her baby died. When it was revealed my heart stopped.
This is the most horrifying novel I have ever read and it’s not technically even categorized as horror. Toni Morrison’s writing is brilliant. She makes you experience memories that aren’t even yours. I believe this is a book that everyone should read. It is ground shaking.