James Baldwin’s masterpiece Giovanni’s Room is one of the best books I’ve read, hands down. Set in 1950s Paris, it explores the complicated and varied nature of love. Hypnotic prose, a story that is at once sophisticated, delicate and gritty, Baldwin refrains from the didactic, and allows the truth to speak for itself.
It is the story of a man torn between his love of a woman and another man. Dealing with the constrains of conventional morality, and the complicated nature of the human heart, it creates a beautiful, tragic, narrative that sticks with you.