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One Book Honored by the National Book Foundation in 1957

Finalist - Fiction

Giovanni’s Room
by James Baldwin

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List Price: $14.00
Format: Paperback, 176 pages
Classification: Fiction
ISBN13: 9780345806567
Imprint: Vintage Books
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann
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Book Description: 
Set in the 1950s Paris of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence, a young man finds himself caught between desire and conventional morality. With a sharp, probing imagination, James Baldwin’s now-classic narrative delves into the mystery of loving and creates a moving, highly controversial story of death and passion that reveals the unspoken complexities of the human heart.