Baldwin’s fifth novel, published in 1974, has at its heart a topic that resonates all too strongly today: the criminal justice system’s long record of unjust incarceration of Black men. Fonny and Tish, a young Black couple, are in love and expecting a child in early 1970s Harlem, but their idyll is interrupted when Fonny is falsely accused of raping a white woman and sent to jail. Bonus: the beautiful 2018 film version of the book, directed by Barry Jenkins.
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