The Beautiful Room Is Empty: A Novel

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Sep 8, 2010 - Fiction - 240 pages
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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

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Review: The Beautiful Room Is Empty (The Edmund Trilogy #2)

User Review  - Carmilla Voiez - Goodreads

I don't think I have ever read a book by a modern Western writer with as densely packed descriptive language as Edmund White's novel. One paragraph, for example, reads - "Cars on MacDougal slowly ... Read full review

Review: The Beautiful Room Is Empty (The Edmund Trilogy #2)

User Review  - Leslie - Goodreads

The narrator of this autobiographical novel is filled with coruscating shame and self-loathing. He despises himself for desiring men, despises every man he has sexual contact with for being as ... Read full review

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Edmund White is the author of the novels Fanny: A Fiction, A Boy's Own Story, The Farewell Symphony, and The Married Man; a biography of Jean Genet; a study of Marcel Proust; and, most recently, a memoir, My Lives. Having lived in Paris for many years, he has now settled in New York, and he teaches at Princeton University.

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