Set in the author’s girlhood hometown of Lorain, Ohio, it tells the story of black, eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove who grew up following the Great Depression.

Pecola prays for her eyes to turn blue so that she will be as beautiful and beloved as all the blond, blue-eyed children in America. In the autumn of 1941, the year the marigolds in the Breedloves’ garden do not bloom. Pecola’s life does change- in painful, devastating ways.

Bluest Eye is a vivid evocation of the fear and loneliness at the heart of a child’s yearning, and the tragedy of its fulfillment.