It is the mid – 1800s. At Sweet Home in Kentucky, an era is ending as slavery comes under attach 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 world on the tombstone, who died at her mother's hands, and who will return to claim retribution.
Beloved is Toni Morrison's fifth novel, and another triumph. Indeed, Ms Morrison's versatility and technical and emotional range appear to know no bounds. If there were any doubts about her stature as a preeminent American novelist of her own or any other generation, Beloved will put them to rest'.