Author: James Baldwin
Areas Featured: Greenwich Village, Harlem
With Another Country, Baldwin delivers a perfect piece of fiction centered around the smaller communities of the Big Apple. He makes a bold move by introducing a dynamic and troubled black jazz musician, Rufus, and then throwing him off the George Washington Bridge in the first 70 pages.
The rest of the book revolves around the loss of this beautiful man, as felt by his friends and family. Oscillating between Rufus' family's Harlem and the Jazz and literary scenes of Greenwich Village, the book delves into the struggles of gender and race, where love and hate sometimes seem like the only weapons against the enormous weight of the world.
The book contemplates homosexuality, racism, sexism, art, and morality, and contains some of the most beautiful passages on sex and fear in Baldwin's impressive career. —GT