Ms. Bernell turns our attention to two short novels by Nobel Laureate Tony Morrison. They are her very first, The Bluest Eye, published in 1970, and her last, Home, from 2012. Both are worth close looks. Morrison won her Nobel in 1993, after an earlier Pulitzer and an American Book Award. She was the first black woman of any nationality to win a literature Nobel. In her acceptance speech, Morrison talked about the power of storytelling, using eloquent language and graceful touches of humor. She draws us into worlds peopled by struggling, flawed characters who always engender our sympathy. Ms. Bernell will show us how time, place, and circumstance produced a formidable and prize-winning literary talent.