available in French
available in German
The Beautiful Room is Empty
This sequel to A
Boy's Own Story chronicles the late adolescence and
early adulthood of the unnamed narrator. Moving from the
Midwest to New York, he leads a life that revolves around
the pursuit of sexual obsession and his burgeoning intellectual
relationships: with Maria, a painter and political activist
whose bohemianism shields an ambiguous sexuality; and Lou,
addict, advertising copywriter, and compelling guru of sensuality.
Student life, journalism, literature, art, the oppression
of psychoanalysis, and the birth of gay liberation all contribute
to this relentlessly paced and poetically imagined testament
to an epoch of change.