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If Beale Street Could Talk (Vintage International)

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ISBN13: 9780307275936
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In this honest and stunning novel, James Baldwin has given America a moving story of love in the face of injustice. 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, Baldwins 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.

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In this honest and stunning novel, Baldwin has given America a moving story of love in the face of injustice. In a love story that evokes the blues, where passion and sadness are inevitably intertwined, Baldwin creates two characters so alive and profoundly realized that they are unforgettably ingrained in the American psyche.

About the Author

James Baldwin was born in 1924 and educated in New York. He is the author of more than twenty works of fiction and nonfiction, including Go Tell It on the Mountain; Notes of a Native Son; Giovannis Room; Nobody Knows My Name; Another Country; The Fire Next Time; Nothing Personal; Blues for Mister Charlie; Going to Meet the Man; The Amen Corner; Tell Me How Long the Trains Been Gone; One Day When I Was Lost; If Beale Street Could Talk; The Devil Finds Work; Little Man, Little Man; Just Above My Head; The Evidence of Things Not Seen; Jimmys Blues; and The Price of the Ticket. Among the awards he has received are a Eugene F. Saxon Memorial Trust Award, a Rosenwald Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Partisan Review Fellowship, and a Ford Foundation grant. He was made a Commander of the Legion of Honor in 1986. He died in 1987.

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odijooonpurpose, January 16, 2011 (view all comments by odijooonpurpose)
Baldwin does it again, as he always does -- excellent writing drew me into a portrait of the american dream that many of us would rather look away from. What happens when you are presumed guilty before innocent? I was carried forward & grew to love even the sisters. Aside from being beautifully written, this book is a page turner as we explore injustice in our modern society.
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sademiller24, December 16, 2007 (view all comments by sademiller24)
I think that it was a 4 because it goes with the book because thats where Fonny and Tish lived at was on Beale street and they went through alot of obstacles on beale street and beale street is also where they grew up together so the title is almost as if beale street could talk it would tell everything that happened even down to Fonny and Tish.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307275936
Author:
Baldwin, James A.
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Author:
Baldwin, James
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International
Publication Date:
20061031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
7.94x5.34x.55 in. .49 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , In this honest and stunning novel, Baldwin has given America a moving story of love in the face of injustice. In a love story that evokes the blues, where passion and sadness are inevitably intertwined, Baldwin creates two characters so alive and profoundly realized that they are unforgettably ingrained in the American psyche.

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