The Beautiful Room Is Empty: A Novel

The Beautiful Room Is Empty: A Novel

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by Edmund White
     
 

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When the narrator of White's poised yet scalding autobiographical novel first embarks on his sexual odyssey, it is the 1950s, and America is "a big gray country of families on drowsy holiday." That country has no room for a scholarly teenager with guilty but insatiable stirrings toward other men. Moving from a Midwestern college to the Stonewall Tavern on…  See more details below

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When the narrator of White's poised yet scalding autobiographical novel first embarks on his sexual odyssey, it is the 1950s, and America is "a big gray country of families on drowsy holiday." That country has no room for a scholarly teenager with guilty but insatiable stirrings toward other men. Moving from a Midwestern college to the Stonewall Tavern on the night of the first gay uprising--and populated by eloquent queens, butch poseurs, and a fearfully incompetent shrink--The Beautiful Room is Empty conflates the acts of coming out and coming of age.

"With intelligence, candor, humor--and anger--White explores the most insidious aspects of oppression.... An impressive novel."--Washington Post book World

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307764461
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/08/2010
Series:
Vintage International
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
485,540
File size:
2 MB

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It is hard to say enough good things about this novel of education. Phrases have stuck with me throughout the years like scars that have become skin: 'I was neither as warm as people believed nor as cold as I feared,' is just one. The novel is a paper sailboat that carried me, a heterosexual female reader, into the realm of gay desire.