Description - Vanishing Rooms by Melvin Dixon
Jesse Durand is a black gay dancer with twin passions: his dancing and Metro, his white boyfriend. Upon relocating to New York, however, the couple finds their relationship radically challenged. Metro turns to drugs and rough sexual encounters with strangers, leaving Jesse confused and unable to come to terms with his lover's sudden change in personality. When Metro is murdered by gay-bashers, Jesse is pushed further into an emotional darkness from which he emerges only through the help of Ruella, his black female dance partner who is facing her own set of emotional challenges. Together, Jesse and Ruella find the support necessary to move forward with their lives. With this novel Dixon was acclaimed as following in the footsteps of such 20th century greats as William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams and Flannery O'Connor.
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(198mm x 129mm x mm)
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Author Biography - Melvin Dixon
Melvin Dixon won the Nilon Award for Excellence for his first novel Trouble the Water. His poetry and short stories have been widely anthologised appearing in Terry McMillan's collection Breaking Ice, The Men on Men Anthology and Poets for Life, amongst others. He has also taught writing at Columbia University and City University of New York. He died of AIDS in 1992.