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Summary: James Baldwin's If Beale Street Could Talk

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James Baldwin’s sensational novel If Beale Street Could Talk is told through the eyes of nineteen-year-old Tish. She is in love with a young sculptor named Fonny. He is the father of the child she is bearing in her womb. James Baldwin’s story mixes the sweetness and the sadness of life. As Tish and Fonny have pledged to get married, Fonny was falsely accused of a terrible crime and he got imprisoned. Both of their families set out to clear Fonny’s name. As they faced an uncertain future, the two young lovers experienced a kaleidoscope of emotions. Their hearts were filled with love, despair, and hope. Tish and Fonny’s love story evokes the blues. Their passion and sadness were inevitably intertwined. In If Beale Street Could Talk, James Baldwin has created the two characters whose love would profoundly change people and would unforgettably be ingrained in the American psyche.

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