This story is based oﬀ the true account of Margaret Garner, a fugitive slave who attempted to kill all of her children when faced with recapture. In this book the baby who is killed returns as a spirit to haunt her family, who manage to stay free.
Morrison has just adapted the story again in to a libretto for an opera, which seems to focus more on the trial of Margaret Garner, who “was found guilty of ‘destruction of property’ and was remanded back to slavery” in real life.
It took me forever to read this book, in the midst of moving. Thinking of it now makes me feel stressed out, even though I don’t think this book is really stressful. A little creepy, for sure, but possibly my favorite Toni Morrison novel.