Read this book immediately. Just Above My Head is James Baldwin's masterpiece: a deeply moving story of human connection and redemption. This book is about families, given and created, about the trans-formative power of art and the brilliant horror of blind faith. Following the career of gospel singer Arthur Montana and his manager-brother Hall, Baldwin captures the bubbling violence and raw emotions of Civil Rights-era Harlem and the fierce love and devotion through which people saved each other from destruction. This writing seeps into your body and uncovers hidden things; this book will make you cry and ache for raw honesty, for justice and transcendence and song. Baldwin's writing will renew your faith in the power of literature.
—Recommended by Jade, Maia and Tân, City Lights Books
The stark grief of a brother mourning a brother opens this novel with a stunning, unforgettable experience. Here, in a monumental saga of love and rage, Baldwin goes back to Harlem, to the church of his groundbreaking novel Go Tell It on the Mountain, to the homosexual passion of Giovanni's Room, and to the political fire that enflames his nonfiction work. Here, too, the story of gospel singer Arthur Hall and his family becomes both a journey into another country of the soul and senses--and a living contemporary history of black struggle in this land.