"HOME." By Toni Morrison. Alfred A. Knopf. $24.
I've long admired Toni Morrison as a moral visionary, but her fiction, not so much. Of her nine novels, three -- "Song of Solomon" (1977), "Beloved" (1987) and 2008's "A Mercy" -- are masterpieces, yet the others, particularly the post-Nobel books "Paradise" (1997) and "Love" (2003) can be so stylized as to veer dangerously close to self-parody. Anyone who's read her in any depth may understand what I'm referring to: those stentorian rhythms, the biblical cadences, the characters who function more as archetypes than flesh-and-blood.