Prior to Melvin Dixon’s death from AIDS in 1992 when he was on the verge of breaking out as an acclaimed novelist, his talent was compared to that of Toni Morrison and James Baldwin. In Vanishing Rooms, the author amply demonstrates his literary promise with a compelling love story of interracial sex and urban violence set in Manhattan’s West Village in the 1970s.
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About the Author
Melvin Dixon’s writing appeared in the Men on Men series and Shade: Writings by Gay Men of African Descent. He taught at Columbia University.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Set in the mid '70s, this is the story of dancers who experiment with sensuality, and how desire could take you into violence. Jesse's lover Metro is murdered by a New York gang, and a female dancer tries to soothe him. One of the young gang members becomes attracted to him. Dixon's psychological insight into gay culture is exciting.
This has to be one of the best books I've ever read. I'm an avid reader of African-American gay literature. I searched and searched for a book written by a fairly unknown author. 'Vanishing Rooms' is what I discovered and it was an amazing discovery. The storytelling is very different. It is being told from three different points of view. Therefore, the reader gets to experience each and every character through his/her own thoughts. Ultimately, I believe that is what makes it such a wonderful read. Melvin Dixon's use of language is exceptional because it's so descriptive without being too descriptive. He describes feelings and situations through very unorthodox means. If you enjoy E. Lynn Harris, then I suggest you discover Melvin Dixon immediately.