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Caribbean / News / Virgin Islands / August 8, 2019

“Beloved,” “Song of Solomon,” and “Sula,” were her most acclaimed books, each viewed as groundbreaking works of literature on the black experience. But one of the late Toni Morrison’s lesser-known works was “Tar Baby,” the 1981 novel set, in part, on the fictional Caribbean island of Isle des Chevaliers.

In the book, Ms. Morrison portrays a love affair between characters Jadine and Son, two African-Americans who come from very different worlds. Jadine is a beautiful fashion model brought into a life of wealth and privilege by the Streets, a family of rich islanders. Son is a poor and strong-minded man who washes up at the Streets’ estate on Isle des Chevaliers.

It was not a best-seller, but received modest reviews as a must-read for those interested in Ms. Morrison’s portrayal of Caribbean culture.

Ms. Morrison, the first black woman to win a Nobel Prize in Literature, author of 11 books, Pulitzer Prize winner, and professor, passed away this week at 88-years-old. She died peacefully, surrounded by family, according to her publisher.

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When Sula Sang | A Tribute To Toni Morrison By Winston Nugent

Toni Morrison was the first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, in 1993. She was the author of 11 novels...

August 8, 2019