Sonny's Blues Summary
James Baldwin

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Sonny's Blues Summary

The narrator learns of his younger brother’s arrest from a newspaper article. He dwells on the news all day long, while teaching algebra at a high school in Harlem. He wonders if the boys in his class are shooting up, too. The narrator remembers his younger brother, Sonny, back when he was in high school, with a bright and open face and wonderfully direct brown eyes.

After school the narrator...

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