18 7 / 2012

…She never remarried. “I don’t think I did any of that very well,” she has said of that time. “I did it ad hoc, like any working mother does.” But not every working mother wakes up every day at four in the morning to write. This is how she wrote The Bluest Eye – turning it from a short story she had started five years earlier into a novel. Morrison has never discussed her reasons for leaving her husband but has hinted in the past about how he wished for a more subservient wife. (“He didn’t need me making judgments about him,” she said, “which I did. A lot.”) Today, it’s clear she doesn’t see the divorce as a life-changing event.

“There are women in the world who get divorced and that’s what they do,” she says. “Their conversation is about it. He or she didn’t, or I used to, or therefore, and all of their emotions, all of their activity is about that one break-up. Why it happened, what was involved – they never move past it.” She pauses. “It’s a big thing, I guess, but it’s not that big…

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