Looking for some new gay fiction....
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I'm keen on some reading some new gay fiction. I've read some Edmund White and David Leavitt but didn't get on with it very well neither Alan Hollinghshurst I am afraid. Feel it's time to try again. I am however a big of David Sedaris and Armistead Maupin.
Can anyone recommend some contemporary ish books (last 15 years or so) that they've loved?
1. Capote in Kansas - Kim Powers
2. Light Fell - Evan Fallenberg
3. Three Junes - Julia Glass
4. The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon - Tom Spanbaur
5. Mysteries of Pittsburgh - Michael Chabon
6. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - John Berendt
7. Fun Home: a Family Tragicomic - Alison Bechdel
8. Take Me Out - Richard Greenberg
9. Fellow Travelers - Thomas Mallon
10. The Story of the Night - Colm Toibin
11. February House - Sherill Tippins
12. The Talented Mr. Ripley - Patricia Highsmith
13. Lost Language of Cranes - David Leavitt
14. City of Night - John Retchy
15. Back Where He Started - Jay Quinn
16. The Notorious Dr. August - Christopher Bram
17. A Home at the End of the World - Michael Cunningham
18. The Clerk's Tale: Poems - Spencer Reece
19. The Music of Your Life: Stories - John Rowell
20. Close Range: Wyoming Stories - Annie Proulx
21. The Haunted Hillbilly - Derek McCormack
22. How I Paid for College: a Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship and Musical Theater - Marc Acito
23. The Line of Beauty - Alan Hollinghurst
24. Lincoln and Whitman: Parallel Lives in Civil War Washington - Daniel Mark Epstein
25. Something for the Boys: Musical Theater and Gay Culture - John M. Clum
Have fun with the list. I agree with you about E. White. I've never been able to read his stuff. There's some older stuff on the list so try at your own risk. However, I didn't put anything on the list I didn't like.
Let me know if you do read any of these and what you thought.
All the best.
Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman
Jeremy Thrane by Kate Christensen
Wicked Gentlemen by Ginn Hale (fantasy)
As Meat Loves Salt by Maria McCann (historical)
Before I Lose My Style by Mike Kaspar
From Blue to Black by Joel Lane
Dream Boy by Jim Grimsley
The First Verse by Barry McCrea
Minions of the Moon by Richard Bowes (dark urban fantasy/horror)
What Love Means to You People by NancyKay Shapiro
Edinburgh by Alexander Chee
Avoidance by Michael Lowenthal
The Easy Way Out by Stephen McCauley
Kansas in August by Patrick Gale
Lust, or No Harm Done by Geoff Ryman
Gosh, I'm sure there are more but that'll have to do for now. Cheers.
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I liked the undertones of trouble that the tall one put in, not glossing over the relationship problems that this huge undertaking is causing the two of them.
Have you visited their Website? Hours of entertainment.
I loved very much the books of Michael Carson and Paul Monette. I read books of them in Dutch. One title I can mension of Carson is "Yanking up the Yo-yo.
Much pleasure in reading.
I managed to track down a hardcover copy at Betterworld Books for $3.98. I was amazed to see prices ranging up to $156 at Amazon.
I wonder if authors of books like this one which are generally no longer available would have a new market if they re-released the books as ebooks? Since getting my Kindle a whole range of gay-themed books not previously available to me due to the international postal charges from places like Amazon are now on my Kindle.
And one of my most enjoyable finds this year has been Tigers and Devils mentioned in Message 21.
I thought the ending was a little underwhelming. Everything is neatly wrapped up, of course, in the last 5 or 6 pages. Boom: all's well that ends well.
All of these books fall into the laugh out loud category. You'll be quoting the one liners from them for a long time.
EDIT: Just read this morning that the book swept the Rainbow Awards, taking 1st place in four categories:
Best Overall Gay Fiction,
Best Historical Fiction,
(I have no relationship with the author other than as a very satisfied reader.)
This is not erotica, but a brutally honest depiction of gay man seeking change in his life.
They say that humans are social animals, and while this may be true from a sociological point of view, the deeper truth is that we are all solitary cells; trapped within the confines of our cognitive existence. We know only what our minds receive and play guessing games at the people around us based on observation and deduction. The stronger our inhibitions, the deeper our shame, the higher our sense of fear--- the more isolated and introverted we are. When we reach out to others in the world, we hide those parts of ourselves which we feel would be reviled. We place those things deep in dark corners where they fester. In some ways this can be good because those dark desires and secret needs facilitate a sense of individual self. Other times, they amplify our isolation and prevent the bonds that tie two lives together. This is why confession is good for the soul, because it stops the festering and eases the isolation.
for only $0.99
Andrew Holleran's Dancer from the Dance is a classic, as is
Felice Picano's Like People in History.
I relished the contemporary voice in Dale Peck's Fucking Martin, which was published as "Martin & John" in the states; Robert Gluck's Jack the Modernist is great, and his post-modern Margery Kempe is fascinating, too.
A major British writer is Neil Bartlett. His first novel, Ready to Catch Him should he Fall is a beautiful novel, but all of his novels are fascinating and beautifully written. He also wrote a biography of Oscar Wilde Who Was that Man? which is excellent, from a contemporary gay man's perspective.
Allan Gurganus's Plays Well with Others is a cracker set in post-AIDS NYC. Humour in the devastation.
Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita May Brown is a comedy classic, and made me laugh out loud. More lesbian than gay, but DEFINITELY queer!
Robert Rodi wrote a series of hilarious light reads - Drag Queen, Closet Case, Bitch Goddess, Kept Boy - which are comic-book brilliant.
At the opposite end of the seriousness scale, Paul Golding is an exceptional writer, but with a very dark perspective. Senseless is a truly extraordinary piece of writing; The Abomination his first novel, a beautifully-executed piece of fiction.
I hope you enjoy these suggestions.
I am currently reading his second story "Wings of a Butterfly" which he is posting chapter by chapter. That is interesting because people get to comment on the chapters and discuss them with the author (apparently) as they are written.
I would classify it as young-adult semi-erotic fiction and it needs some final editing, but I find it very moving at times. He should talk to a publisher.
Just a warning if you are interested that this web site contains lots of (graphic) advertisements for pornography, especially on the initial page. They (mostly) go away once you are into the forums. You need to become a member but it is free. (I think you can pay to turn off the porn adds).
I enjoyed both, but neither are big on gay politics or issues of political correctness, more like "just guys"....sometimes being just jerks, and at other times discovering a vein of compassionate love in themselves.
I received this as a gift a while back and have yet to read it. Unfortunately, I don't read fiction when I am writing.
1. Sprout by Dale Peck (witty funny charming)
2. Outtakes of a Walking Mistake By Anthony Paull (LOL heartbreaker)
3. Hushed by Kelly York (gay ya thriller)
All three titles are under $5 and great!