Tar Baby by Toni Morrison, 1st/1st, 1981
This is a near fine copy of Toni Morrison's 'Tar Baby' in first edition, first printing. Knopf, New York, 1981. The jacket is clear and vibrant, with slight shelf wear at the top and tail. It has not been price clipped. The boards are free from chips and marks, but feature slight foxing on the cloth. The rough-cut textblocks are slightly discoloured, with light foxing. The book is free from previous owners ink. Overall this is a near fine copy.
Ravishingly beautiful and emotionally incendiary, Tar Baby is Toni Morrison’s reinvention of the love story. Jadine Childs is a black fashion model with a white patron, a white boyfriend, and a coat made out of ninety perfect sealskins. Son is a black fugitive who embodies everything she loathes and desires. As Morrison follows their affair, which plays out from the Caribbean to Manhattan and the deep South, she charts all the nuances of obligation and betrayal between blacks and whites, masters and servants, and men and women.