Sonny's Blues is the story of the title character, Sonny, whose unnamed brother narrates both the story of Sonny's arrest for heroin possession and the story of his own tamer life. The stories of the two brothers are told in an interwoven fashion, revealing the shared trauma of their childhoods and exploring Sonny's introversion and intense passion for jazz. At the conclusion of the story the two brothers are able to move tentatively toward reconciliation.

Summary of Sonny's Blues by James Baldwin

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