Edmund white follows up his acclaimed autobiographical trilogy a boys own story the beautiful room is empty the farewell symphony with the married man a richly textured novel about love sex and mortalitya sort of gay response to thomas manns death in venice the book opens breezily enough with a pickup scene in a parisian gym where the middle aged american furniture scholar austin . Edmund whites characters do come alive after a while and the portraits of josephine and henry mcvay are excellent along with ajax juliens basset hound as for the married man at the resolution of this novel it seems that edmund whites choice of title could be more complex than it initially appears. Haunting and deeply moving the married man carries the reader along with its protagonists into uncharted territory over the rim of love and loss it is edmund whites finest novel audio clip of a reading from the married man. About the married man in edmund whites most moving novel yet an american living in paris finds his life transformed by an unexpected love affair austin smith is pushing fifty loveless and drifting until one day he meets julien a much younger married frenchman
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