The Grudge

If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin was recently made into a movie which was nominated for an Academy Award. Although I have yet to see the film, I decided to read the novel.

Published in 1974, this is a highly charged story filled with expletives. It follows a young African-American engaged couple named Tish and Fonny who find themselves in a terrible situation when Fonny is falsely accused and in prison awaiting trail for rape. Further complicating the situation is the fact that Tish is pregnant. The novel describes the reactions of their parents, siblings, and friends to the events as they unfold in Harlem.

Baldwin is a master storyteller who gave voice to prejudice in our country. I greatly admire his writing, but had difficulty with this novel because I felt there were a number of gaps in the telling of it. I reread many portions thinking I missed something only to discover it wasn’t there. Still in all, this is an excellent novel which I recommend. I am looking forward to seeing the movie!

About dianeledet

Professional Writing Consultant, Graduate of DePaul University School for New Learning 2008
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