Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

Just Above My Head
James Baldwin

£9.99

When Arthur Montana, world-renowned ‘Emperor of Soul’, is found dead in a London pub, his grief-stricken brother looks back over thirty years in the lives of their group of friends: from their childhood spent preaching and singing in Harlem churches, to their struggles with war and poverty, and their encounters with wealth, love and fame. Set against a vividly drawn background of the civil rights movement of the sixties, Baldwin’s last novel is a monumental saga that ranges from New York to Paris, Korea to Africa to portray how profoundly racial politics can shape life, especially in the private business of love.

Paperback, 608pp
Penguin Books, 1994 (1979)
ISBN 9780140187991