The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
“I read this book when I was 19. I understood it then as a visceral, poetic lament about how race, class, and beauty had conspired to destroy the soul and spirit of a little African-American girl named Pecola Breedlove. I found in Pecola’s story a way to understand my own broken girlhood in America. This novel remains for me an eloquent reminder of how fierce the struggle to love whom you see in the mirror can be.”
Recommended by Monique Truong, the author of the novels The Book of Salt ($14, amazon.com) and Bitter in the Mouth ($15, amazon.com).
To buy: $14, amazon.com.