Title: Giovanni's Room
Author: James Baldwin
Sexual identity is central to this 1956 novel about an American’s struggle to accept his desire for an Italian bartender in Paris.
In 1950s Paris an American finds himself unable to repress his impulses, despite his determination to live the conventional life he envisions for himself. After meeting and proposing to a young woman, he falls into a lengthy affair with an Italian bartender and is confounded and tortured by his sexual identity as he oscillates between the two.