Queer Book Club: "Giovanni's Room" by James Baldwin!

September Queer Book Club: Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin

Up next for our queer lit reading group, the now classic Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin! Join us for another discussion on Monday, September 16th at 7 pm!
Baldwin’s groundbreaking novel about love and the fear of love is set among the bohemian bars and nightclubs of 1950s Paris. David is a young American expatriate who has just proposed marriage to his girlfriend, Hella. While she is away on a trip, David meets a bartender named Giovanni to whom he is drawn in spite of himself. Soon the two are spending the night in Giovanni’s curtainless room, which he keeps dark to protect their privacy. But Hella’s return to Paris brings the affair to a crisis, one that rapidly spirals into tragedy. Caught between his repressed desires and conventional morality, David struggles for self-knowledge during one long, dark night—“the night which is leading me to the most terrible morning of my life.” With sharp, probing insight, Giovanni’s Room tells an impassioned, deeply moving story that lays bare the unspoken complexities of the human heart.

“Baldwin, in this novel, made clear that he could work wonders with the light and shade of intimacy . . . The tone continues to shift back and forth from pure eloquence to soaring sequences to simple description . . . But he can follow this soon with passages that are pure Baldwin, that have a gorgeous, fearless sound, tempered by dark knowledge and pain, that make clear that Baldwin was ready to become the greatest American prose stylist of his generation.” - Colm Tóibín


Giovanni's Room (Vintage International) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345806567
Availability: Available, order here for delivery or pickup.
Published: Vintage - September 12th, 2013

Event date: 

Monday, September 16, 2019 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

Unabridged Books, Inc.
Chicago, IL 60657
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