Le Fustec, Claude (2014):
"Beyond Magic Realism: the Stuff of Ordinary Lives? Lorene Cary’s Rewriting of Beloved." Slavery Revisited. Special issue of Black Studies Papers 1.1: 153-166.
Journal Article

In the current context of the proliferation of neo-slave narratives, Lorene Cary’s The Price of a Child (1995) strikes a rather singular tone. With its title explicitly echoing Toni Morrison’s Beloved, Cary’s novel and its straightforward realism come as a surprise. As this close intertextual reading of the two novels intends to show, beyond expressing a probable anxiety of influence, Cary’s narrative appears to revise major tenets of the African American ethos on which Beloved rests.