Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 03/02/2022
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A Small Yet Powerful Tale
I had never come across this short story before so I was delighted to receive a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Don't let the s... READ MORE
James at Lancaster Corn Market
An Astonishing Short Story For So Many Reasons
Morrison wrote eleven novels during her career. She wrote only one short story, and this is it. The introductory essay by Zadie Smith is what every intro... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley


Twyla and Roberta have known each other since they were eight years old, when they were thrown together as roommates in a girls' shelter. Inseparable then, they lose touch as they grow older, only to meet again later at a diner, a grocery store and then at a protest. The two women are seemingly at opposite ends of every problem but, despite their conflict, the deep bond their shared experience has forged between them is undeniable.

Recitatif keeps Twyla's and Roberta's races ambiguous throughout the story. We know that one is white and one is black, but which is which? And who is right about the race of the woman the girls tormented at the orphanage?

This story is a masterful exploration of what keeps us together and what keeps us apart, of race and the relationships that shape our lives. Now with a new introduction by Zadie Smith, it is as radically compelling and relevant today as it was when first written nearly forty years ago.

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781784744786
  • Number of pages: 96
  • Weight: 197g
  • Dimensions: 204 x 138 x 15 mm

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Short Story
So this is the only short story written by Toni Morrison, it was reportedly a thought experiment. It is for sure excellent and thought provoking. The intro... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp