Collects 10 reviews of and 17 essays on Morrison's novel. Thirteen of the essays and all of the reviews were published previously, in periodicals such as The New Yorker, African American Review, and Newsweek. The essayists look at temporal defamiliarization in the novel; language, silence, and the politics of identity; corn symbolism; the Black English oral tradition; and dialogic meaning. Also included is an essay by Morrison on the opening sentences of the book. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.