Set in the 1950s Paris of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence, a young man finds himself caught between desire and conventional morality. With a sharp, probing imagination, James Baldwin's now-classic narrative delves into the mystery of loving and creates a moving, highly controversial story of death and passion that reveals the unspoken complexities of the human heart.
About the Author
James Baldwin was the author of Go Tell It on the Mountain and The Fire Next Time, among other books.
"If Van Gogh was our 19th-century artist-saint, James Baldwin is our 20th-century one."
"A young American involved with both a woman and a man...Baldwin writes of these matters with unusual candor and yet with such dignity and intensity."
--The New York Times
"Absorbing...[with] immediate emotional impact."
--The Washington Post
"Mr. Baldwin has taken a very special theme and treated it with great artistry and restraint."
"Exciting...a book that belongs in the top rank of fiction."
"Violent, excruciating beauty."
--San Francisco Chronicle