Best LGBT Literary Fiction Books
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1. The Sweetness of Water (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel
Author: by Nathan Harris
AN OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICKIn the spirit of The Known World and The Underground Railroad, a miraculous debut (Washington Post) and a towering achievement of imagination (CBS This Morning)about the unlikely bond between two freedmen who are brothers and the Georgia farmer whose alliance will alter their lives, and his, foreverfrom a storyteller with bountiful insight and assurance (Kirkus)A July Indie Next PickIn the waning days of the Civil War, brothers Prentiss and Landryfreed by the Emancipation Proclamationseek refuge on the homestead of George Walker and his wife, Isabelle.
The Walkers, wracked by the loss of their only son to the war, hire the brothers to work their farm, hoping through an unexpected friendship to stanch their grief. Prentiss and Landry, meanwhile, plan to save money for the journey north and a chance to reunite with their mother, who was sold away when they were boys.
Parallel to their story runs a forbidden romance between two Confederate soldiers. The young men, recently returned from the war to the town of Old Ox, hold their trysts in the woods. But when their secret is discovered, the resulting chaos, including a murder, unleashes convulsive repercussions on the entire community.
2. My Policeman
Author: by Bethan Roberts
Vintage UK (April 1, 2014)
Inspired by the life of E.M. Forster and his relationship with his long-time companion Bob Buckingham and his wife, this is an exquisitely told, tragic tale of thwarted love It is in 1950s’ Brighton that Marion first catches sight of Tom.
He teaches her to swim in the shadow of the pier and Marion is smittendetermined her love will be enough for them both. A few years later in Brighton Museum Patrick meets Tom. Patrick is besotted with Tom and opens his eyes to a glamorous, sophisticated new world.
Tom is their policeman, and in this age it is safer for him to marry Marion. The two lovers must share him, until one of them breaks and three lives are destroyed.
3. The Guncle
Author: by Steven Rowley
From the bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus and The Editor comes a warm and deeply funny novel about a once-famous gay sitcom star whose unexpected family tragedy leaves him with his niece and nephew for the summer. Patrick, or Gay Uncle Patrick (GUP, for short), has always loved his niece, Maisie, and nephew, Grant.
That is, he loves spending time with them when they come out to Palm Springs for weeklong visits, or when he heads home to Connecticut for the holidays. But in terms of caretaking and relating to two children, no matter how adorable, Patrick is, honestly, overwhelmed.
So when tragedy strikes and Maisie and Grant lose their mother and Patrick’s brother has a health crisis of his own, Patrick finds himself suddenly taking on the role of primary guardian. Despite having a set of “Guncle Rules” ready to go, Patrick has no idea what to expect, having spent years barely holding on after the loss of his great love, a somewhat-stalled acting career, and a lifestyle not-so-suited to a six- and a nine-year-old.
4. On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel
Author: by Ocean Vuong
Published at: Penguin Press; First Edition (June 4, 2019)
An instant New York Times Bestseller! Longlisted for the 2019 National Book Award for Fiction, the Carnegie Medal in Fiction, the 2019 Aspen Words Literacy Prize, and the PEN/Hemingway Debut Novel AwardShortlisted for the 2019 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize Winner of the 2019 New England Book Award for Fiction!
Named one of the most anticipated books of 2019 by Vulture, Entertainment Weekly, Buzzfeed, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Oprah. Com, Huffington Post, The A.V. Club, Nylon, The Week, The Rumpus, The Millions, The Guardian, Publishers Weekly, and more. A lyrical work of self-discovery that’s shockingly intimate and insistently universalNot so much briefly gorgeous as permanently stunning.
Ron Charles, The Washington PostPoet Ocean Vuong’s debut novel is a shattering portrait of a family, a first love, and the redemptive power of storytellingOn Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read.
Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family’s history that began before he was born a history whose epicenter is rooted in Vietnam and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation.
5. Call Me by Your Name: A Novel
Author: by André Aciman
Now a Major Motion Picture from Director Luca Guadagnino, Starring Armie Hammer and Timothe Chalamet, and Written by Three-Time Oscar Nominee James IvoryThe Basis of the Oscar-Winning Best Adapted ScreenplayA New York Times BestsellerA USA Today Bestseller A Los Angeles Times BestsellerA Vulture Book Club Pick An Instant Classic and One of the Great Love Stories of Our TimeAndre Aciman’s Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents’ cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera.
Each is unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, when, during the restless summer weeks, unrelenting currents of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify their passion and test the charged ground between them. Recklessly, the two verge toward the one thing both fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy.
It is an instant classic and one of the great love stories of our time. Winner of the Lambda Literary Award for FictionA New York Times Notable Book of the Year A Publishers Weekly and The Washington Post Best Book of the Year A New York Magazine “Future Canon” Selection A Chicago Tribune and Seattle Times (Michael Upchurch’s) Favorite Favorite Book of the Year
6. This Is How It Always Is: A Novel
Author: by Laurie Frankel
New York Times BestsellerThe Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club PickEvery once in a while, I read a book that opens my eyes in a way I never expected. Reese Witherspoon (Reese’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine book pick)People Magazine’s Top 10 Books of 2017Amazon’s Best Books of 2017: Top 20Amazon’s Best Literature and Fiction of 2017Bustle’s 17 Books Every Woman Should Read From 2017PopSugar’s Our Favorite Books of the Year (So Far)Refinery29’s Best Books of the Year So FarBookBrowse’s The 20 Best Books of 2017Pacific Northwest Book Awards FinalistThe Globe and Mail’s Top 100 Books of 2017Longlisted for 2019 International DUBLIN Literary AwardIt made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me think.
Liane Moriarty, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Little LiesThis is how a family keeps a secretand how that secret ends up keeping them. This is how a family lives happily ever afteruntil happily ever after becomes complicated. This is how children changeand then change the world.This is Claude.
7. Detransition, Baby: A Novel
Author: by Torrey Peters
NATIONAL BESTSELLER The lives of three womentransgender and cisgendercollide after an unexpected pregnancy forces them to confront their deepest desires ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF 2021 SO FAR … Vulture: Reading this novel is like holding a live wire in your hand.
Time: One of the most celebrated novels of the year. Marie Claire: You won’t be able to put it down. Bustle: The book everyone is talking about. Longlisted for The Women’s Prize Roxane Gay’s Audacious Book Club Pick New York Times Editors’ ChoiceReese almost had it all: a loving relationship with Amy, an apartment in New York City, a job she didn’t hate.
She had scraped together what previous generations of trans women could only dream of: a life of mundane, bourgeois comforts. The only thing missing was a child. But then her girlfriend, Amy, detransitioned and became Ames, and everything fell apart.
Now Reese is caught in a self-destructive pattern: avoiding her loneliness by sleeping with married men. Ames isn’t happy either. He thought detransitioning to live as a man would make life easier, but that decision cost him his relationship with Reeseand losing her meant losing his only family.
8. Outlawed: The Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick
Author: by Anna North
January 5, 2021
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERA REESE WITHERSPOON BOOK CLUB PICKMAJOR TV ADAPTATION IN DEVELOPMENT BY AMY ADAMS’Calling it The Handmaid’s Tale crossed with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid goes some way to describe this novel’s memorable world, but it is also wholly its own’ KIRKUS ‘2021 is already a year that could use a little joy.
Here to provide some is Outlawed … It’s an absolute romp and contains basically everything I want in a book: witchy nuns, heists, a marriage of convenience, and a midwife trying to build a bomb out of horse dung’ Vox ‘Outlawed sets a high bar for the 12 months of publishing still to come …
It upends the tropes of the traditionally macho and heteronormative genre while also being a rip-snortin’ good read, too’ THE WEEK (Most Anticipated Books of the Year) ‘North is a riveting storyteller … Reader, you are in for a real treat’ JENNY ZHANG’Fans of Margaret Atwood and Cormac McCarthy finally get the Western they deserve’ ALEXIS COE ‘A thrilling tale eerily familiar but utterly transformed …
9. The Chosen and the Beautiful
Author: by Nghi Vo
Tordotcom (June 1, 2021)
An Instant National Bestseller!An Indie Next Pick! A Most Anticipated in 2021 Pick for Oprah Magazine | USA Today | Buzzfeed | Greatist | BookPage | PopSugar | Bustle | The Nerd Daily | Goodreads | Literary Hub | Ms. Magazine | Library Journal | Culturess | Book Riot | Parade Magazine | Kirkus | The Week | Book Bub | OverDrive | The Portalist | Publishers WeeklyA Best of Summer Pick for TIME Magazine | CNN | Book Riot | The Daily Beast | Lambda LiteraryThe Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Goodreads | Bustle | Veranda Magazine | The Week | Bookish | St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Den of Geek | LGBTQ Reads | Pittsburgh City Paper | Bookstr | Tatler HKGatsby the way it should have been writtendark, dazzling, fantastical.R.F.
Kuang”A vibrant and queer reinvention of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s jazz age classic…. I was captivated from the first sentence.”NPRVo has crafted a retelling that, in many ways, surpasses the original.”Kirkus Reviews (STARRED REVIEW)Immigrant.Socialite.Magician. Jordan Baker grows up in the most rarefied circles of 1920s American societyshe has money, education, a killer golf handicap, and invitations to some of the most exclusive parties of the Jazz Age.
10. Giovanni's Room
Author: by James Baldwin
Set among the bohemian bars and nightclubs of 1950s Paris, this groundbreaking novel about love and the fear of love is “a book that belongs in the top rank of fiction” (The Atlantic). In the 1950s Paris of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence, a young man finds himself caught between desire and conventional morality.
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. David struggles for self-knowledge during one long, dark nightthe night which is leading me to the most terrible morning of my life. With a sharp, probing imagination, James Baldwin’s now-classic narrative delves into the mystery of loving and creates a deeply moving story of death and passion that reveals the unspoken complexities of the human heart.
11. Less: Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2018
Author: by Andrew Sean Greer
April 21, 2018
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR FICTION 2018 ‘You will sob little tears of joy’ Nell Zink’I recommend it with my whole heart’ Ann Patchett’I adore this book’ Armistead Maupin’Charming, languid and incredibly funny, I absolutely adored Arthur’ Jenny Colgan ‘Marvellously, endearingly, unexpectedly funny’ Gary Shteyngart’Bedazzling, bewitching and be-wonderful’ New York Times Book Review’A fast and rocketing read …
A wonderful, wonderful book!’ Karen Joy Fowler’Hilarious, and wise, and abundantly funny’ Adam Haslett’Ideal for holiday reading’ The Lady WHO SAYS YOU CAN’T RUN AWAY FROM YOUR PROBLEMS? Arthur Less is a failed novelist about to turn fifty. A wedding invitation arrives in the post: it is from an ex-boyfriend of nine years who is engaged to someone else.
Arthur can’t say yes – it would be too awkward; he can’t say no – it would look like defeat. So, he begins to accept the invitations on his desk to half-baked literary events around the world. From France to India, Germany to Japan, Arthur almost falls in love, almost falls to his death, and puts miles between him and the plight he refuses to face.
12. The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)
Author: by Donna Tartt
A young New Yorker grieving his mother’s death is pulled into a gritty underworld of art and wealth in this “extraordinary” and beloved Pulitzer Prize winner that “connects with the heart as well as the mind” (Stephen King, New York Times Book Review).
Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don’t know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by a longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into a wealthy and insular art community.
As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love – and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.
The Goldfinch is a mesmerizing, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention. From the streets of New York to the dark corners of the art underworld, this “soaring masterpiece” examines the devastating impact of grief and the ruthless machinations of fate (Ron Charles, Washington Post).
13. Under the Udala Trees
Author: by Chinelo Okparanta
September 3, 2015
One day in 1968, at the height of the Biafran civil war, Ijeoma’s father is killed and her world is transformed forever. Separated from her grief-stricken mother, she meets another young lost girl, Amina, and the two become inseparable. Theirs is a relationship that will shake the foundations of Ijeoma’s faith, test her resolve and flood her heart.
In this masterful novel of faith, love and redemption, Okparanta takes us from Ijeoma’s childhood in war torn Biafra, through the perils and pleasures of her blossoming sexuality, her wrong turns, and into the everyday sorrows and joys of marriage and motherhood.
As we journey with Ijeoma we are drawn to the question: what is the value of love and what is the cost? A triumphant love story written with beauty and delicacy, Under the Udala Tree is a hymn to those who’ve lost and a prayer for a more compassionate world.
It is a work of extraordinary beauty that will enrich your heart.
14. Secrets of Happiness
Author: by Joan Silber
Counterpoint (May 4, 2021)
May 4, 2021
When a man discovers his father in New York has long had another, secret, familya wife and two kidsthe interlocking fates of both families lead to surprise loyalties, love triangles, and a reservoir of inner strength in this “expansive and elegantly crafted novel” (Fresh Air, NPR).
“Rich with the complexities of life … The stories create a world made fully dimensional through changes of perspectivemajor characters appear and reappear as part of one or another’s experience and testimony … Pull any life’s thread and you discover a mesh of involvement that soon takes in all the others.
It is a fine thing, subtly done, and truly exhilarating.” The Wall Street JournalEthan, a young lawyer in New York, learns that his father has long kept a second familya Thai wife and two kids living in Queens. In the aftermath of this revelation, Ethan’s mother spends a year working abroad, returning much changed, as events introduce her to the other wife.
Across town, Ethan’s half brothers are caught in their own complicated journeys: one brother’s penchant for minor delinquency has escalated, and the other must travel to Bangkok to bail him out, while the bargains their mother has struck about love and money continue to shape their lives.
15. With Teeth: A Novel
Author: by Kristen Arnett
A gripping readUnabashedly queer, probing and unafraidExceedingly engaging. USA Today Sublimely weird, fluently paced, brazenly funny and gayer still, and it richly deserves to find readers. New York TimesFrom the author of the New York Timesbestselling sensation Mostly Dead Things: a surprising and moving story of two mothers, one difficult son, and the limitations of marriage, parenthood, and love If she’s being honest, Sammie Lucas is scared of her son.
Working from home in the close quarters of their Florida house, she lives with one wary eye peeled on Samson, a sullen, unknowable boy who resists her every attempt to bond with him. Uncertain in her own feelings about motherhood, she tries her bestdriving, cleaning, cooking, prodding him to finish projects for schoolwhile growing increasingly resentful of Monika, her confident but absent wife.
As Samson grows from feral toddler to surly teenager, Sammie’s life begins to deteriorate into a mess of unruly behavior, and her struggle to create a picture-perfect queer family unravels. When her son’s hostility finally spills over into physical aggression, Sammie must confront her role in the messand the possibility that it will never be clean again.
16. Real Life: A Novel
Author: by Brandon Taylor
A FINALIST for the Booker Prize, the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize, the VCU/Cabell First Novelist Prize, the Lambda Literary Award, the NYPL Young Lions Award, and the Edmund White Debut Fiction Award A blistering coming of age story O: The Oprah Magazine Named a Best Book of the Year by The New York Times, The Washington Post, New York Public Library, Vanity Fair, Elle, NPR, The Guardian, The Paris Review, Harper’s Bazaar, Financial Times, Huffington Post, BBC, Shondaland, Barnes & Noble, Vulture, Thrillist, Vice, Self, Electric Literature, and Shelf AwarenessA novel of startling intimacy, violence, and mercy among friends in a Midwestern university town, from an electric new voice.
Almost everything about Wallace is at odds with the Midwestern university town where he is working uneasily toward a biochem degree. An introverted young man from Alabama, black and queer, he has left behind his family without escaping the long shadows of his childhood.
For reasons of self-preservation, Wallace has enforced a wary distance even within his own circle of friendssome dating each other, some dating women, some feigning straightness. But over the course of a late-summer weekend, a series of confrontations with colleagues, and an unexpected encounter with an ostensibly straight, white classmate, conspire to fracture his defenses while exposing long-hidden currents of hostility and desire within their community.