Sula is a novel by Toni Morrison about two women, Nel and Sula, who grow up in the Bottom, a black neighborhood in Ohio. Though their personalities diverge from an early age, Nel being far more reserved than free-sprited Sula, they become friends. After inadvertently drowning a young boy, they begin to grow apart, Nel settling down with a husband and Sula leaving Oklahoma to have numerous affairs. Upon returning to Oklahoma, Sula has an affair with Nel's husband, the two become estranged and only reconcile shortly before Sula's death.

Summary of Sula by Toni Morrison

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