With the family relationship dynamics in the novel, Morrison also shows just how fluid definitions and relationships are. Slavery was not a practice in which slaves were treated the same way by all. Moreover, issues such as Minha mãe seemingly giving up her own child to another family show just how complicit others were in various aspects of the slave trade. Florens and Lina see how cruel the world is to slaves firsthand when searching for help. Nearly raped, the two women witness how slaves are thought of as nothing more than animals, and even less than that by many. By setting up various examples of family, and therefore, community, Morrison effectively sheds a light into one of America’s, and the world’s, darkest times, and shows hope where there is often none.
Now in her 80s, Morrison continues to be one of literature's great storytellers. She published the novel Home in 2012, exploring a period of American history once again—this time, the post-Korean War era. "I was trying to take the scab off the '50s, the general idea of it as very comfortable, happy, nostalgic. Mad Men . Oh, please," she said to the Guardian in reference to choosing the setting. "There was a horrible war you didn't call a war, where 58,000 people died. There was McCarthy ." Her main character, Frank, is a veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, a condition that adversely affects his relationships and ability to function in the world.
Morrison raises our gall repeatedly at sickening abominations routinely inflicted on African-Americans: unsafe medical experiments, exclusion from public restrooms, forced gladiatorlike knife fights for the amusement of betting spectators. In contrast, she presents an idealized picture of the hard-working, salt-of-the-earth, illiterate yet wise women with "seen-it-all eyes" who tend to Cee. Morrison writes, "they practiced what they had been taught by their mothers during the period that rich people called the Depression and they called life."