EW Staff
March 08, 1991 AT 05:00 AM EST

Toni Morrison’s Pulitzer-winning 1987 novel tells the harrowing tale of Sethe, who kills her baby daughter rather than watch her grow up in slavery. Beloved is a brilliant, excessive, absolutely overpowering work. It is also a ghost story, and Morrison writes as though possessed by the spirits of her ancestors. A

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