Other Voices, Other Rooms (Hardcover)
Modern Library, 9780679643227, 224pp.
Publication Date: September 21, 2004
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.
About the Author
JOHN BERENDT is the "New York Times" bestselling author of "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil." His work has also appeared in "Esquire" and "New York," where he was also an editor. He lives in New York City.
Praise For Other Voices, Other Rooms…
"Truman Capote is the most perfect writer of my generation."