Reviews for Tar Baby : Library Edition

AudioFile Reviews 2003 August/September
Valerian and Margaret seem to have everything on their Caribbean Island, where they are attended by Ondine and Sydney, their loyal black servants. When Sydney and Ondine's niece, Paris-educated Jadine, visits, she enjoys guest privileges, while her aunt and uncle continue to serve. Crashing their genteel charade, Son, a desperate black man on the run, forces them to confront the truth of their lives. Turmoil unfolds in a world of magical realism, in which butterflies worry about baby seals being made into a coat, avocados have opinions, and myth is alive in the trees. DesirÄe Coleman's voice is as lush as the tropical rain-forest Morrison creates. In the book's moodier moments, Coleman manages a dark edginess. Her performance adds sensuousness to the magic, reflecting Morrison's hypnotic vision of the vagaries of the human heart. S.J.H. (c) AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine