From one of the most important writers of the twentieth century comes a stunning love story about a young Black woman whose life is torn apart when her lover is wrongly accused of a crime—"a moving, painful story, so vividly human and so obviously based on reality that it strikes us as timeless" (The New York Times Book Review).
"One of the best books Baldwin has ever written—perhaps the best of all." —The Philadelphia Inquirer
Told through the eyes of Tish, a nineteen-year-old girl, in love with Fonny, a young sculptor who is the father of her child, Baldwin’s story mixes the sweet and the sad. Tish and Fonny have pledged to get married, but Fonny is falsely accused of a terrible crime and imprisoned. Their families set out to clear his name, and as they face an uncertain future, the young lovers experience a kaleidoscope of emotions—affection, despair, and hope. In a love story that evokes the blues, where passion and sadness are inevitably intertwined, Baldwin has created two characters so alive and profoundly realized that they are unforgettably ingrained in the American psyche.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
If Beale Street Could Talk seems made for the Black Lives Matter age—but James Baldwin published this powerful novel in 1974. After aspiring sculptor Fonny is falsely imprisoned on a rape charge, his pregnant girlfriend Tish and her family battle a racist police force, a hostile judicial system, and a host of other indifferent people to free him. Baldwin delivers this anguished story in gorgeous, poetic language that ennobles his characters and their struggle. Barry Jenkins, director of the Oscar-winning Moonlight, has adapted Baldwin's book into a stunning and devastating movie.
I liked the book James Baldwin writing is excellent!
Hated the ending!!
Great book however I hated the ending. I almost felt like I read the book for nothing!!