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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Schmerguls - LibraryThing
Capote spent two years writing this novel. and it was published in 1948--his first published novel. Wikipedia has an article on the book, which will tell you more about it than I can remember ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jawalter - LibraryThing
Half-way through this book, I loved it. By the time I'd finished it, I wasn't nearly as enchanted. I'm not sure if that says more about me or more about the book, but there it is. In truth, I don't ... Read full review