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  • Published: 8 January 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241384503
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $22.99

If Beale Street Could Talk




To this love story James Baldwin brings a spare and impassioned intensity, charging it with universal resonance and power.

We are in Harlem, the black soul of New York City, in the era of Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles. The narrator of Baldwin’s novel is Tish nineteen, and pregnant. Her lover Fonny, father of her child, is in jail accused of rape. Flashbacks from their love affair are woven into the compelling struggle of two families to win justice for Fonny.

  • Published: 8 January 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241384503
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $22.99

About the author

James Baldwin

Born in 1924 in New York City, James Baldwin published the 1953 novel Go Tell It on the Mountain, going on to garner acclaim for his insights on race, spirituality and humanity. Other novels included Giovanni's Room, Another Country and Just Above My Head as well as essay works like Notes of a Native Son and The Fire Next Time. Having lived in France, he died on December 1, 1987 in Saint-Paul de Vence.

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