Other Voices, Other Rooms by Truman Capote
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Truman Capote’s first novel is a story of almost supernatural intensity and inventiveness, an audacious foray into the mind of a sensitive boy as he seeks out the grown-up enigmas of love and death in the ghostly landscape of the deep South.
At the age of twelve, Joel Knox is summoned to meet the father who abandoned him at birth. But when Joel arrives at the decaying mansion in Skully’s Landing, his father is nowhere in sight. What he finds instead is a sullen stepmother who delights in killing birds; an uncle with the face—and heart—of a debauched child; and a fearsome little girl named Idabel who may offer him the closest thing he has ever known to love.

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TRUMAN CAPOTE was born in New Orleans on September 30, 1924. In 1948 his first novel, Other Voices, Other Rooms, was published to international critical acclaim, assuring Capote a place among the prominent postwar American writers. He won the O. Henry Memorial Short Story Prize twice and was a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters. His other works include Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Grass Harp, and the nonfiction masterpiece In Cold Blood. He died on August 25, 1984.

Author Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 226 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Gay & Lesbian. Fiction

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Master Misery, another New York City story, tells of Sylvia who sells her dreams, and in the process, her soul, to a gentleman who types them up and files them away.....The already known The Headless Hawk goes into subterranean twisted-mind territory and the strange goings on between a homosexual...

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A distorted, hallucinatory and--for the common reader--only dubiously intelligible interlude in the childhood of a young boy, Joel Knox, his "journey through dying rooms" as he leaves New Orleans to find his father at Scully's Landing.

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In 1948, when Truman Capote was 23, he published his first novel, "Other Voices, Other Rooms."

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she offers him a chance to escape the dull misery of life at Skully’s Landing and Joel grabs at it, only to find out that it’s not so easy to let go of one life and start a new one.

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