This coming-of-age story, based in part on James Baldwin's childhood, portrays a fourteen-year-old boy questioning the terms of his identity.
John Grimes is the stepson of a Pentecostal preacher in Depression-era Harlem. The action of the novel spans a single day in John's life, and yet manages to encompass on an epic scale his family's troubled past and his own inchoate longings for the future.
- adapted and revised from publisher
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