In Michigan
6:14 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Mich. school district mulls use of novel 'Beloved'

PLYMOUTH, MI –

A committee in a suburban Detroit school district is expected to recommend whether Toni Morrison's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "Beloved" should be removed from use in some of its high school classes.

The Detroit News reports (http://bit.ly/xhKrqc) that an update from the committee in Plymouth-Canton Community Schools is expected by Friday. The review began after two parents objected to the book's content.

The use of Graham Swift's acclaimed novel "Waterland" also is being examined. The district says the book was temporarily removed from use pending a review that is expected to begin after a decision is made on "Beloved."

Morrison's novels "Beloved," "Song of Solomon" and "The Bluest Eye" have frequently been threatened with removal from library shelves - and sometimes pulled - because of sexual, racial or violent content.