Title Profile & Character Information

Song of Solomon

Annotation
Milkman Dead was born shortly after a neighborhood eccentric hurled himself off a rooftop in a vain attempt at flight. For the rest of his life he, too, will be trying to fly. With this brilliantly imagined novel, Toni Morrison transfigures the coming-of-age story as audaciously as Saul Bellow or Gabriel García Márquez. As she follows Milkman from his rustbelt city to the place of his family’s origins, Morrison introduces an entire cast of strivers and seeresses, liars and assassins, the inhabitants of a fully realized black world.


Author Notes
  Toni Morrison is the Robert F. Goheen Professor of Humanities at Princeton University.
Characters
NameDead, Macon III, aka "Milkman"
GenderMale
TraitAfrican American

NameDead, Macon II
GenderMale
OccupationBusinessman
TraitsMarried
Father
African American

GenreLiterary
Domestic
    --Generational
Sociological
Fiction
TopicsAfrican Americans
Fathers and sons
Family relationships
Family histories
Heritage
Racial identity
Self-discovery
Social classes
SettingMichigan