All library locations are closed Monday, Jan 21 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Tar baby

Book Cover
Average Rating
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Pub. Date:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
The author of Song of Solomon now sets her extraordinary novelistic powers on a striking new course. Tar Baby, audacious and hypnotic, is masterful in its mingling of tones--of longing and alarm, of urbanity and a primal, mythic force in which the landscape itself becomes animate, alive with a wild, dark complicity in the fates of the people whose drama unfolds. It is a novel suffused with a tense and passionate inquiry, revealing a whole spectrum of emotions underlying the relationships between black men and women, white men and women, and black and white people. The place is a Caribbean island. In their mansion overlooking the sea, the cultivated millionaire Valerian Street, now retired, and his pretty, younger wife, Margaret, go through rituals of living, as if in a trance. It is the black servant couple, who have been with the Streets for years--the fastidious butler, Sydney, and his strong yet remote wife--who have arranged every detail of existence to create a surface calm broken only by sudden bursts of verbal sparring between Valerian and his wife. And there is a visitor among them--a beautiful young black woman, Jadine, who is not only the servant's dazzling niece, but the protegée and friend of the Streets themselves; Jadine, who has been educated at the Sorbonne at Valerian's expense and is home now for a respite from her Paris world of fashion, film and art. Through a season of untroubled ease, the lives of these five move with a ritualized grace until, one night, a ragged, starving black American street man breaks into the house. And, in a single moment, with Valerian's perverse decision not to call for help but instead to invite the man to sit with them and eat, everything changes. Valerian moves toward a larger abdication. Margaret's delicate and enduring deception is shattered. The butler and his wife are forced into acknowledging their illusions. And Jadine, who at first is repelled by the intruder, finds herself moving inexorably toward him--he calls himself Son;nbsp;nbsp;he is a kind of black man she has dreaded since childhood; uneducated, violent, contemptuous of her privilege. As Jadine and Son come together in the loving collision they have both welcomed and feared, the novel moves outward--to the Florida backwater town Son was raised in, fled from, yet cherishes; to her sleek New York; then back to the island people and their protective and entangling legends. As the lovers strive to hold and understand each other, as they experience the awful weight ofnbsp;nbsp;the separate worlds that have formed them--she perceiving his vision of reality and of love as inimical to her freedom, he perceiving her as the classic lure, the tar baby set out to entrap him--all the mysterious elements, all the highly charged threads of the story converge. Everything that is at risk is made clear: how the conflicts and dramas wrought by social and cultural circumstances must ultimately be played out in the realm of the heart. Once again, Toni Morrison has given us a novel of daring, fascination, and power.
Also in This Series
More Like This
More Details
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID 7067540d-1494-2d28-fd6a-5cf0da63da6b
Grouping Title tar baby
Grouping Author morrison toni
Grouping Category book
Last Grouping Update 2019-01-15 22:47:54PM
Last Indexed 2019-01-14 23:47:38PM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_point_value 0
accelerated_reader_reading_level 0
auth_author2 Coleman, Desiree., Thigpen, Lynne.
author Morrison, Toni.
author2-role Coleman, Desiree., Thigpen, Lynne.|Narrator
author_display Morrison, Toni
available_at_catalog Bellevue, Bellevue Kids, Edmondson Pike, Edmondson Pike Kids, Green Hills, Green Hills Kids, Hermitage, Hermitage Kids, Looby, Richland Park, Southeast
collection_catalog Audiobook, Fiction
detailed_location_catalog Bellevue - Adult Fiction, Edmondson Pike - Adult Fiction, Green Hills - Adult Audiobook, Green Hills - Adult Fiction, Hermitage - Adult Fiction, Looby - Adult Fiction, Richland Park - Adult Audiobook, Southeast - Adult Fiction
display_description 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.

From the Trade Paperback edition.
format_catalog Book, CD audio book, eAudiobook, eBook
format_category_catalog Audio Books, Books, eBook
id 7067540d-1494-2d28-fd6a-5cf0da63da6b
isbn 9780307388155, 9780394423296, 9780452260122, 9780452264793, 9780606019620, 9780736690690, 9780788748974, 9781400033447, 9781415951644
item_details ils:CARL0000044444|35192019855034|Bellevue - Adult Fiction|Fiction Morriso|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||BL||, ils:CARL0000044444|35192035902232|Green Hills - Adult Fiction|Fiction Morriso|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||GH||, ils:CARL0000044444|35192049368537|Hermitage - Adult Fiction|Fiction Morriso|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||HM||, ils:CARL0000044444|A00732797|Overton High - Teen Fiction|F MOR|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||6F615||, ils:CARL0000044444|B00260730|MLK Jr. Magnet - Teen Fiction|F MOR|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||6C497||, ils:CARL0000156093|35192031027281|Richland Park - Adult Audiobook|CD AUDIO Fiction Morriso|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||RP||, ils:CARL0000156093|35192049567757|Green Hills - Adult Audiobook|CD AUDIO Fiction Morriso|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||GH||, ils:CARL0000200867|35192048535359|Green Hills - Adult Audiobook|CD AUDIO Fiction Morriso|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||GH||, ils:CARL0000228486|35192048355501|Edmondson Pike - Adult Fiction|Fiction Morriso|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||EP||, ils:CARL0000228486|35192049609575|Looby - Adult Fiction|Fiction Morriso|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||LO||, ils:CARL0000228486|35192049609591|Southeast - Adult Fiction|Fiction Morriso|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||SE||, overdrive:01d2c74a-e569-4c84-88e1-6aee93cbd6e3|-1|Online OverDrive Collection|Online OverDrive|eBook|eBook|1|false|true|OverDrive|||Adobe EPUB eBook,Kindle Book,OverDrive Read|Checked Out||||, overdrive:74e670f8-4b0a-4ef6-9924-10827457151e|-1|Online OverDrive Collection|Online OverDrive|eAudiobook|Audio Books|1|false|true|OverDrive|||OverDrive MP3 Audiobook,OverDrive Listen|Checked Out||||
itype_catalog , Book, CD audio book
last_indexed 2019-01-15T05:47:38.826Z
lexile_score -1
literary_form Fiction
literary_form_full Fiction
local_callnumber_catalog CD AUDIO Fiction Morriso, Fiction Morriso
owning_library_catalog Nashville Public Library
owning_location_catalog Bellevue, Bellevue Kids, Edmondson Pike, Edmondson Pike Kids, Green Hills, Green Hills Kids, Hermitage, Hermitage Kids, Looby, Richland Park, Southeast
primary_isbn 9780606019620
publishDate 1981, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2007
record_details ils:CARL0000044444|Book|Books||English|distributed by Random House,|1981.|305 p. ; 22 cm., ils:CARL0000156093|CD audio book|Audio Books||English|Recorded Books,|p2000.|11 sound discs (12 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in., ils:CARL0000200867|CD audio book|Audio Books|Library ed.|English|Books on Tape,|cp2003.|9 sound discs : digital ; 4 3/4 in., ils:CARL0000228486|Book|Books||English|Vintage International,|2004.|305, 1 p. ; 21 cm., overdrive:01d2c74a-e569-4c84-88e1-6aee93cbd6e3|eBook|eBook||English|Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group|2007|, overdrive:74e670f8-4b0a-4ef6-9924-10827457151e|eAudiobook|Audio Books||English|Books on Tape|2007|
recordtype grouped_work
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
overdrive:01d2c74a-e569-4c84-88e1-6aee93cbd6e3 -1 Checked Out Checked Out false false true false false false
ils:CARL0000044444 35192019855034 On Shelf On Shelf false true true false false true
ils:CARL0000044444 35192049368537 On Shelf On Shelf false true true false false true
ils:CARL0000044444 35192035902232 On Shelf On Shelf false true true false false true
overdrive:74e670f8-4b0a-4ef6-9924-10827457151e -1 Checked Out Checked Out false false true false false false
ils:CARL0000200867 35192048535359 On Shelf On Shelf false true true false false true
ils:CARL0000156093 35192049567757 On Shelf On Shelf false true true false false true
ils:CARL0000156093 35192031027281 On Shelf On Shelf false true true false false true
ils:CARL0000228486 35192049609575 On Shelf On Shelf false true true false false true
ils:CARL0000228486 35192048355501 On Shelf On Shelf false true true false false true
ils:CARL0000228486 35192049609591 On Shelf On Shelf false true true false false true
subject_facet African Americans -- Caribbean Area -- Fiction, African Americans -- Fiction, Audiobooks, Caribbean Area -- Fiction, Fugitives from justice -- Caribbean Area -- Fiction, Fugitives from justice -- Fiction, Interpersonal relations -- Fiction, Married people -- Caribbean Area -- Fiction, Retirees -- Caribbean Area -- Fiction, Retirees -- Fiction
title_display Tar baby
title_full Tar Baby, Tar baby / Toni Morrison, Tar baby [CD sound recording] / by Toni Morrison, Tar baby [sound recording] / by Toni Morrison
title_short Tar baby
topic_facet African American Fiction, African Americans, Audiobooks, Classic Literature, Fiction, Fugitives from justice, Interpersonal relations, Literature, Married people, Retirees