is not narrated chronologically; it is composed of flashbacks, memories, and nightmares. As
a result, it is not an easy read if you haven't encountered William Faulkner, James Joyce, or Virginia
Woolf. Following, we have constructed a basic outline of the action in the story. In no way, however,
does it reflect the wonder of Morrison's novel.
Sethe, a 13-year-old child of unnamed slave parents, arrives at Sweet Home, an idyllic plantation in
Kentucky operated by Garner, an unusually humane master, and his wife, Lillian. Within a year,
Sethe selects Halle Suggs to be her mate and, by the time she is 18, bears him three children. After
Garner dies, his wife turns control of the plantation over to her brother-in-law, the schoolteacher, who
proves to be a brutal overseer.
Schoolteacher's cruelty drives the Sweet Home slave men — Paul D, Halle, Paul A, and Sixo — to