The Beautiful Room Is Empty

  • by Edmund White
  • Narrated by George Backman
  • 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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Awful Narration

Would you try another book from Edmund White and/or George Backman?

Yes for Edmund White ... No for George Backman


Do you think The Beautiful Room Is Empty needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes it needs a follow up, but I know what it will focus on. That will be AIDS unfortunately, for that was the gay communities plague in the US.


Any additional comments?

I had to end up playing this on 1.25 speed just to get to the end. The narrator is so slow and over the top it's extremely annoying.

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- Christopher

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-16-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios