Flavorwire Author Club: James Baldwin’s ‘Giovanni’s Room’

I highly recommend this book!


Last summer, I wrote a post about what I saw to be a sad truth of the publishing industry: we would not likely see the Great Gay Novel anytime soon. “It’s a non-homosexual world, and the majority of those who are buying, selling, and reading literature are non-homosexual,” I wrote. “When a marginalized group of people are being packaged for a larger, mainstream audience, the representation is never truly going to be honest or believable to LGBT readers.” To be fair, that was before I read James Baldwin’s 1956 novel Giovanni’s Room earlier this month; now I’m willing to say it’s the only Great Gay Novel we’ll ever need. 

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