If Beale Street Could Talk

If Beale Street Could Talk

A Novel

Book - 2006
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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.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2006, c2002.
ISBN: 9780307275936
0307275930
9780803741690
0803741693
9780525566120
Characteristics: 197 p. ; 21 cm.
Summary: 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.

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LPL_IanS Sep 18, 2019

Fonny is unjustly in jail. Tish is pregnant. They’re in love. Have been since they were children. They’re just kids. 22. 19. Her family (and his father) will do everything they can to free him. A clear-eyed look at the impossible strains put on families of color by systemic racism.

Read if you like: stories that unflinchingly look at injustice, family dynamics, heartfelt and lyrical writing

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amymcnamara1993
Jul 30, 2019

Did not enjoy. Found it difficult to relate to the characters. It seemed obvious that the teenage female narrator was written by a man.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Jun 19, 2019

Amazing and powerful...definitely want to circle back around and see the movie. It would be interesting to read this title AND Jones' An American Marriage for a book group and discuss parallels!

Why does the author use Beale Street in the title of a book about New York, when Beale Street is in Memphis? The title even comes from a blues song about Memphis, that goes a bit like this:
"if Beale Street could walk, if Beale Street could talk, married men would have to pack their bags and walk."

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SF_READER
Mar 16, 2018

Fast and easy read....Can't wait for the movie adaptation

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Einer2
Sep 06, 2017

A sad commentary on the injustice that exists in the world. Hopefully it is on the reading list of many of our politicians.

Young Love Aug 22, 2015

I found this book very intresting and I love the characters and how the end keeps you guessing

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