God Help the Child: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Toni Morrison

Narrated By: Toni Morrison

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: April 2015

Duration: 5 hours 46 minutes


Spare and unsparing, God Help the Child—the first novel by Toni Morrison to be set in our current moment—weaves a tale about the way the sufferings of childhood can shape, and misshape, the life of the adult.

At the center: a young woman who calls herself Bride, whose stunning blue-black skin is only one element of her beauty, her boldness and confidence, her success in life, but which caused her light-skinned mother to deny her even the simplest forms of love. There is Booker, the man Bride loves, and loses to anger. Rain, the mysterious white child with whom she crosses paths. And finally, Bride’s mother herself, Sweetness, who takes a lifetime to come to understand that “what you do to children matters. And they might never forget.”

A fierce and provocative novel that adds a new dimension to the matchless oeuvre of Toni Morrison.


  • Alisia Muir

    A story about coming to terms with lost innocence. Hearing the author read it was a treat.

  • Laurel Laing

    What a great story about innocence love and betrayal. It was nice to hear the author Reading the story herself.

  • Fatemeh S

    What a beautiful story & such a treat to hear the author read it to you!

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