10 books for a good cry

Author Hallie Ephron recommends the best literary tear-jerkers.

3. ‘Beloved,’ by Toni Morrison


Eighteen years after her escape from slavery, Sethe is haunted by the child she named “Beloved.” The ghost of the departed infant invades Sethe’s Columbus home, stirring up the terrifying memories that she had buried. Morrison’s novel is a provocative portrait of slavery’s effects on our national psyche and the unimaginable suffering of individuals. 

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