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11 of the Best Toni Morrison Books in Order: Where to Start

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Toni Morrison stood out as a unique American author: she achieved both critical acclaim and commercial success with her books.  Her novels consistently secured positions on the  New York Times best-seller list, and found their way to  Oprah Winfrey’s book club on numerous occasions.   

This is not merely a list of books in order; it’s an invitation to a conversation, debate and exploration of the epic themes found in Toni Morrison’s Books.  So, grab your favorite book, settle in, and let’s embark on this journey together, one page, one story, one unforgettable character at a time.

Who was Toni Morrison?

Born Chloe Ardelia Wofford in 1931. A graduate of Howard University for undergrad and A Master’s degree in American Literature at Cornell University, Morrison was known for her lyrical prose and unflinching exploration of the black experience. She authored several critically acclaimed novels, including “Beloved which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction,” “Sula” which was nominated for a national book award and Song of Solomon, which earned the National Book Critics Circle award. and “The Bluest Eye,” earning numerous literary awards, including becoming the first African American Woman to win a Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993,  and being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2012.  She was the first black female editor to ever work at Random House. She was a professor at Howard University and Princeton University. She passed away in 2019 from complications of pneumonia. 

Toni Morrison Books in Order

Toni Morrison’s books are best read in order of publication. Even though they are stand-alone books, There are three books that are loosely interconnected: Beloved, Jazz, and Paradise which Morrison herself called the “Beloved Trilogy” in an interview in 1993.  

Otherwise, I recommend reading Morrison’s novels in order of publication simply because you can notice the evolution of her writing through time.  And I feel like each book prepares you to read and understand the next. 

Are you ready to dive in?

Toni Morrison's Books in Order

This icon of black literature wrote about the black American experience in a way that no other writer ever had or will.  So when you read Toni Morrison Books in order, start with the first book The Bluest Eye and then enjoy all of her books.

Come back and tell us which one you enjoyed the most. 

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