Author(s): Toni Morrison
May, Christine, Heed, Junior, Vida - even L - all women obsessed by Bill Cosey. More than the wealthy owner of the famous Cosey Hotel and Resort, he shapes their yearnings for father, husband, lover, guardian, friend, yearnings that dominate the lives of these women long after his death. Yet, while he is both the void in, and the centre of, their stories, he himself is driven by secret forces - a troubled past and a spellbinding woman named Celestial. This audacious vision of the nature of love - its appetite, its sublime possession, its dread - is rich in characters and striking scenes, and in its profound understanding of how alive the past can be. "Love" is a major addition to the canon of one of the world's literary masters.
Toni Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993. She is the author of seven previous novels, including The Bluest Eye, Beloved (made into a major film), and most recently Paradise, and has also received the National Book Critics Circle Award and a Pulitzer Prize for her fiction. She is Robert F Goheen Professor at Princeton University.