5 notable queer novels to read this fall
A LITTLE LIFE
A National Book award finalist, the saga of brotherly love between four college roommates whose compact becomes a de facto family as they forge the white-hot triumphs and crushing devastations of adulthood. Man-sized Kleenex recommended.
Memoirist Nelson writes frankly of her domestic life with a partner who’s gender lives outside the binary. The daily dramas of IVF pregnancy, chest-binding and using a credit card with a female name intersect with her thoughts on heartbreak, violence and cruelty.
QUEERS WERE HERE
Eds. Robin Ganev and RJ Gilmour
A survey of the queer icons and heroes of Canadian gay history, from the less-than-friendly decades before decriminalization, to the political and social activists who have cleared a path for Pride parades that fill our streets. Scott Thompson’s Buddy Cole receives the full comic strip treatment.
A nineteen-year-old joins his brother’s fraternity to escape the post-traumatic stress of a horrifying assault in this memoir of young men, violence and the camaraderie of toxic masculinity. Joe Jonas removes his shirt several times in this year’s screen adaptation.
An expansive multi-generational novel of a bohemian New York artist couple who adopt an orphaned child at the beginning of AIDS in 80’s New York. As they and their adult gay son navigate the art scene and nascent queer politics, the author provides grim insight into the addictions that can hound the survivors of a terrifying plague.
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