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“When I finished `The Bluest Eye,’ … I was not pleased. I remember feeling sad. And then I thought, `Oh, you know, everybody’s talking about “sisterhood,”` I wanted to write about what women friends are really like. (The inspiration for “Sula,” her second novel). All of a sudden the whole world was a real interesting place. Everything in it was something I could use or discard. It had shape. The thing is _ that’s how I live here.”

Home.

“I guess that’s home.”