We’re joined this week by Annie Liontas (author of the new novel Let Me Explain You) to discuss James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk. The book, published in 1974, is narrated by a young woman whose fiancee has been wrongly accused of rape.
You can read the 1974 New York Times review of the book, written by Joyce Carol Oates, here.
We also talk to Annie about her new novel, her parents’ arranged marriage, her love for Asbury Park, New Jersey, and why she thinks James Baldwin might be the greatest American author.
You can find out more about the Henry Louis Gates, Jr. book we talked about during the episode here, or read an electronic version of his essay “The Passing of Anatole Broyard” (warning: that electronic version has some typos and formatting issues; if you’re a New Yorker subscriber you can read a cleaner version here).
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