Book Number 2 for the Five Word Review is James Baldwin’s “If Beale Street Could Talk.” I’d forgotten what a master Baldwin was. This is the best novel I’ve read in a while. Written and set in 1970s Harlem, it is a tragic, timeless, universal story. The prose is nuanced yet simple and beautiful. Here’s another review:

http://www.nytimes.com/books/98/03/29/specials/baldwin-beale.html

Beautiful. Struggle. Love. Triumph. Buy.