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 is 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
Acclaimed narrator Bahni Turpin (The Hate U Give) steps into the shoes of resilient teenager Tish Rivers in this haunting rendition of James Baldwin’s urban love story. Set in 1970s New York City, If Beale Street Could Talk revolves around the relationship between 19-year-old Tish and her devoted childhood friend, aspiring sculptor Fonny. When Fonny is falsely imprisoned—and Tish learns she’s pregnant—the young couple and their families must lean on each other with the cards stacked against them. Turpin’s gentle-but-steely reading of this harrowing tale of race in America has the same poignancy as Barry Jenkins’ must-watch movie adaptation.