The Beautiful Room is Empty
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"
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Review: The Beautiful Room is Empty (The Edmund Trilogy #2)User Review - Jean-Paul - Goodreads
The second novel in Edmund White's trilogy "The Beautiful Room is Empty" explores oppression. Again one is moved by his intelligence, humour, anger and poetic language, which I will let speak for ... Read full review
Review: The Beautiful Room is Empty (The Edmund Trilogy #2)User Review - Mel Bossa - Goodreads
Stunning. I'd read a collection of short stories, Skinned Alive, by Edmund White, but never a full novel. Now, I want more. I thought this would be a little pretentious, you know, sort of "here are ... Read full review