If Beale Street Could Talk

If Beale Street Could Talk

Book - 2018
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This novel is 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, the 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, the author has created two characters so alive and profoundly realized that they are unforgettably ingrained in the American psyche.
Publisher: New York : Vintage International, 2018, 2006
Edition: First Vintage International edition
ISBN: 9780525566120
Branch Call Number: FICTION BALDW...J
Characteristics: 197 pages ; 21 cm

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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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