Coming at the issues from the inside, the collaboration between Rhone Fraser, Natalie King-Pedroso & Company, Conflicts in Comradeship, provides a timely and useful contribution to studies on the African American family along with analyses of Toni Morrison’s God Help the Child.
In 1937, Margaret Walker wrote , “For my people standing staring trying to fashion a better way/from confusion from hypocrisy and misunderstanding,/ trying to fashion a world that will hold all the people,/ all the faces all the adams and eves and their countless/ generations…” Toni Morrison’s 11th novel, God Help the Child rings with Walker’s sentiments, and Natalie King-Pedroso and Rhone Frasier’s Critical Responses about the Black Family in Toni Morrison’s God Help the Child: Conflicts in Comradeship does as well. This important collection of essays tackles the novel as a culminating moment in Morrison’s thought, a grief-filled extension of The Bluest Eye, and as a vessel sailing the African Ocean of mysteries. The text, like Morrison’s own, reaches out to the “shackled and tangled among ourselves” with the aim of letting a “beauty full of healing” come forth. Conflicts in Comradeship offers a unique and brave approach to criticism, collaboration, and reading Morrison’s under appreciated final work of fiction.