Milkman Dead was born shortly
after a neighborhood eccentric hurled himself off a rooftop in a vain attempt
at flight. For the rest of his life he, too, will be trying to fly. With this
brilliantly imagined novel, Toni Morrison transfigures the coming-of-age story
as audaciously as Saul Bellow or Gabriel García Márquez. As she follows Milkman
from his rustbelt city to the place of his family’s origins, Morrison
introduces an entire cast of strivers and seeresses, liars and assassins, the
inhabitants of a fully realized black world.