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Author: James Baldwin Narrator: Kevin Kenerly Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2016 ISBN: 9781504684484
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The stark grief of a brother mourning a brother opens this novel with a stunning, unforgettable experience. Here, in a monumental saga of love and rage, Baldwin goes back to Harlem, to the church of his groundbreaking novel Go Tell It on the Mountain, to the homosexual passion of Giovanni’s Room, and to the political fire that inflames his nonfiction work.

Here, too, the story of gospel singer Arthur Montana and his family becomes both a journey into another country of the soul and senses—and a living contemporary history of black struggle in this land.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “If Van Gogh was our nineteenth-century artist-saint, James Baldwin is our twentieth-century one.”

    Michael Ondaatje, New York Times bestselling author

  • “The work of a born storyteller at the height of his powers…glimpses of family life in Harlem, rapturous music-making in the churches, moments of uneasiness in even the most casual meetings between whites and blacks—scenes that Baldwin seems preternaturally gifted in understanding.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A fine novel…It seems impossible for [Baldwin] to write with anything other than eloquence. His great and peculiar power is to re-create the maddening halfway house that the black man finds himself in late-twentieth-century America.”

    New Yorker

  • “A big new novel by James Baldwin is always of major interest, and there are scenes here of Baldwin at his earthy, lyrical best.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A 2016 Voice Arts Award Nominee

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About the Author

James Baldwin (1841–1925) was a pioneer of primary education. He worked as a teacher for many years and eventually as an administrator. He also served as editor-in-chief of the American Book Company, which specialized in educational texts.

About the Narrator

Kevin Kenerly, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, earned a BA at Olivet College. A longtime member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, he has acted in more than twenty seasons, playing dozens of roles.