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Posted May 31, 2002
The frequent comparison of Brammer to Fitzgerald is apt. Like Fitzgerald, Brammer writes beautifully, his stories are affecting and moving, and he was an alcoholic. The last similarity explains, unfortunately, why he never produced another book. Still, The Gay Place is an American political fiction classic. The second novella, Room Enough to Caper, about a young liberal U.S. Senator from Texas whose nascent political career is colliding with his collapsing marriage in 1950's Austin, is the best of the three. This is a book that will make all aspiring writers feel thoroughly inadequate.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.