The novel is a poignant tale of two African American girls, Nel and Sula, growing up in the racially segregated town of Medallion, Ohio. The narrative explores their friendship, personal struggles, and the societal expectations imposed on them. Sula, the more rebellious of the two, leaves town to live a life of freedom and independence, while Nel chooses to conform to societal norms, marrying and raising a family. When Sula returns, their friendship is tested due to a betrayal, and the town labels Sula as evil. The book delves into themes of friendship, betrayal, individuality, and the societal roles of women.
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This book is on the following lists:
- 78th on Koen Book Distributors Top 100 Books of the Past Century (themodernnovel.com)
- 25 acclaimed international writers choose 25 of the best books from the last 25 years (Wasafiri Magazine)
- The ZORA Canon: The 100 greatest books ever written by African American women (Zora)