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5.0 out of 5 stars
Baldwin's Best, 2 Aug. 2002
You only need to read the first couple of pages in this book to understand it's importance. "Just Above My Head" combines nearly every theme covered by James Baldwin in previous novels; homosexuality, race, class, religion and betrayal - and confirms him as one of the most important writers to have come out of America.
It opens with a man mourning the death of his brother. Each sentence is filled with grief. It's clear that this isn't going to be an easy read but also clear is that Baldwin has put his heart and soul into every word.
This is simply one of the best books I've ever read. It's THE James Baldwin novel and a deserved candidate for the "Great American Novel." Stunning.