Other Voices, Other Rooms
Published when Truman Capote was only twenty-three years old, Other Voices, Other Rooms is a literary touchstone of the mid-twentieth century. In this semiautobiographical coming-of-age novel, thirteen-year-old Joel Knox, after losing his mother, is sent from New Orleans to live with the father who abandoned him at birth. But when Joel arrives at Skully’s Landing, the decaying mansion in rural Alabama, his father is nowhere to be found. Instead, Joel meets his morose stepmother, Amy, eccentric cousin Randolph, and a defiant little girl named Idabel, who soon offers Joel the love and approval he seeks.
Fueled by a world-weariness that belied Capote’s tender age, this novel tempers its themes of waylaid hopes and lost innocence with an appreciation for small pleasures and the colorful language of its time and place.
This new edition, featuring an enlightening Introduction by John Berendt, offers readers a fresh look at Capote’s emerging brilliance as a writer of protean power and effortless grace.
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Review: Other Voices, Other RoomsUser Review - Megan G. - Goodreads
This book is beautifully written, the prose dripping off the pages like kudzu vines, the southern gothic setting enveloping you with a sense of mystery. I admit that the reason I decided to read this ... Read full review
Review: Other Voices, Other RoomsUser Review - Goodreads
Southern Gothic at its zenith. Published in 1948 and Capote's second novel (but the first printed), this work hit the press when he was just 23 years old. It tells the story of 13 year-old Joel Knox ...