It is the mid-1800s. At Sweet Home in Kentuckhy, 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.
It is an unflinchingly tough and heart-wrenching novel, examining the ghosts of slavery in the lives of black American women. Sethe has killed her own daughter, Beloved, with a saw rather than return her to the plantations. Some years later, in the summer of 1873, a troubled and oddly familiar young woman appears in Sethe's life. Has the past caught up with her at last? Beloved is a novel of great lyrical beauty and emotional intensity. 

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