If Beale Street Could Talk

If Beale Street Could Talk

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, 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.

Title:If Beale Street Could Talk
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780307275936
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    If Beale Street Could Talk Reviews

  • Jeffrey Keeten

    ”I thought of Fonny’s touch, of Fonny, in my arms, his breath, his touch, his odor, his weight, that terrible and beautiful presence riding into me and his breath being snarled, as if by a golden ...

  • Candi

    4.5 stars"It’s a miracle to realize that somebody loves you."You might call this a love story, and you would be right. But this is a love story à la James Baldwin. And if you have read James Baldwi...

  • Ifeyinwa

    Fucking hell. Reeling. I can't wait to see what Barry Jenkins does with the film adaptation.UPDATE (1/17/18)I have finally seen the film adaptation! I went to a screening last Saturday with a friend. ...

  • Brina

    Last year I got up from the rock I was under and finally discovered the writing of James Baldwin. In one of my goodreads group, I read Giovanni’s Room with a few friends. The writing was outstanding...

  • Richard

    If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin is a an angry and sometimes brutal love story set in the Bronx, New York.Tish is 19 and pregnant - her partner Fonny is a couple of years older and in priso...

  • Michael

    A bleak tragedy about incarceration, endurance, and anti-Blackness, If Beale Street Could Talk gives voice to the despair of a young couple living in Harlem during the seventies. Nineteen-year-old Tis...

  • Brandice

    I’m disappointed to report If Beale Street Could Talk was just ok for me. I wasn’t blown away. Perhaps my expectations were too high after all of the hype surrounding the book but I have to say, I...

  • Glenn Sumi

    A lyrical, rapturous, beautifully written short novel about love in the face of brutal injustice.Fonny and Tish are a young Black couple in early 1970s New York City. Fonny has been falsely accused of...

  • Cheryl

    I've never come across a Baldwin read I didn't love. Beale Street 'talked' something sexual and consciously charged. It is profound and suspenseful storytelling (I think I was on page 78 and still did...

  • Reggie

    "Black love literally shouldn’t exist in America, in any form. Familial, heterosexual, trans, queer, community, etc. Everything was done to prevent it. It is the purest form and most glaring example...