Day 2 – A Novel about Family:
Family is so important, but yet is so complex. It’s what supports us through difficulty and through happy events but can tear us to shreds and drive us batty through others. There are many interesting books out there where family is the focus and it seems the more dysfunctional the better the story. In my opinion, one of the novels that stood out in an African-American novel about family is If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin.
Tish and Fonny are a young African-American couple in love. It’s Harlem in the 1970s and Sonny has been arrested and accused of a crime he hasn’t committed. Here’s where family comes in. Tish’s family is supportive and sacrificing because they believe in Tish and Fonny’s love, and equally in Fonny’s innocence, where Fonny’s family can’t wait for the ordeal to be over with, so that they can get on with their shallow, useless, and unsuccessful lives. They aren’t willing to do anything for Tish and unfortunately not for their son. If Beale Street Could Talk does an excellent job of depicting the fall out of family and life in the seventies for a black man unjustly accused.