It is the mid-1800s. At Sweet Home in Kentucky an era is ending as slavery comes under attack from the abolitionists. The worlds of Halle and Paul D. are to be destroyed in a cataclysm of torment and agony. The world of Sethe however is to turn from one of love to one of violence and death – the death of Sethe’s baby daughter Beloved whose name is the single word on the tombstone who died at her mother’s hands and who will return to claim retribution. Toni Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993. She is the author of many novels including The Bluest Eye Beloved (made into a major film) Paradise and most recently A Mercy. She has also received the National Book Critics Circle Award and a Pulitzer Prize for her fiction.