One of my favorite novels by writer James Baldwin is If Beale Street Could Talk. Published in 1974, the novel was written after the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s yet revealed the struggles that African-Americans continued to endure in a society that was still marred by racism and unjust judicial system. Yet, in true Baldwin fashion, the novel is also a true love story between a man and a woman. It doesn't end on a sweet note, but it teaches readers that love between two people is never easy, but it's most definitely worth the fight.
Before Baldwin's death in 1987, he said, "Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up."
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