Recitatif by Toni Morrison


Toni Morrison

fiction short stories emotional reflective fast-paced

19 pages | first published 1983


Twyla and Roberta are two young girls who meet at St. Bonneventure's orphanage for girls. They become instant friends, not because of their age, but because both of their mothers are still alive. First published in 1983 in Confirmation: An Antholo...
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challenging 75%
reflective 62%
emotional 25%
dark 12%
informative 12%
sad 12%


fast 50%
medium 37%
slow 12%

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Character: 66% | A mix: 33%

Strong character development?

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Loveable characters?

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Diverse cast of characters?

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