Me and My House: James Baldwin’s Last Decade in France
by Magdalena J. Zaborowska
Duke University Press. 408 pages, $28.95
IN ME AND MY HOUSE, Magdalena Zaborowska reconstructs and analyzes the last decade of James Baldwin’s life when he lived in St. Paul-de-Vence, a small village in the south of France. For sixteen years, from 1971 to 1987, he resided in a house nicknamed “Chez Baldwin,” which became a metaphor for themes of domesticity and dwelling. But this was also the period in which Baldwin explored black gay sexuality, among numerous other topics, in his novels If Beale Street Could Talk (1974) and Just Above My Head (1979).