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Can you recommend some wholesome gay fiction?

Asked by deepseas72 (1076points) February 28th, 2008 from iPhone

I’m having a tough time finding gay fiction that isn’t on the verge of being pornographic.

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cwilbur's avatar

Mary Renault, The Charioteer and The Last of the Wine.

kevbo's avatar

Bernard Cooper’s A Year of Rhymes

PrancingUrchin's avatar

Heather has Two Mommies.

mdlukas's avatar

James Baldwin is one of the best American writers, of any sexuality, and he often writes about gay characters. Giovanni’s Room is an old fave, but Another Country is his masterpiece, I think.

boydieshere's avatar

Books by David Levithan are really good.

wabarr's avatar

The Night Watch by Sarah Waters. WWII era lesbians. Good book .

ezraglenn's avatar

8 Seconds?

breedmitch's avatar

@cwilbur: Add “The Persian Boy” to your Mary Renault list.

Check out “The Hippopotamus” and “The Liar” by Stephen Fry (yes, the british actor).

finkelitis's avatar

There’s a really excellent book that isn’t pornographic, but is quite feminist/political. It’s called Conditions of War. I forget the author—maybe Lierre Keith?

cwilbur's avatar

@breedmitch: a lot of Mary Renault is very good, but I figured I’d pick what I thought were her two best.

boydieshere's avatar

Also David Sedaris.

lifeflame's avatar

“The House at the End of the World” by Michael Cunningham.

However, I prefer “The Hours” by the same author (yes, has movie of the same name that Nicole Kidman got an Oscar for her portrayal of Virginia Woolf) ... even though the homosexual relationships / moments are only tangential to the dominant themes. Really good book – worth reading in any case. It definitely makes it into my favorites list.

aielee's avatar

The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by MIchael Chabon is a great read. I don’t know if it qualifies as “gay fiction” but it has at least one strong gay character.

rowenaz's avatar

“Beyond The Pale” by Elana Dykewoman, about Jewish Immigrants from Eastern Europe at the turn of the century. I couldn’t put it down, and was so disappointed when it ended.

irishcurls's avatar

I just finished “when u don’t see me” it was amazing and I just started on “call me by your name” it been good so far and has tons of amazing reviews.

zahava85's avatar

The Fingersmith by Sarah Waters (she’s mentioned above too!)

MissAnthrope's avatar

^^^^ Really, really awesome book. One of my all-time favorites. I didn’t like Night Watch as much, though Tipping the Velvet was also good.

tiffyandthewall's avatar

this is more aimed toward youth, but david levithan writes some incredible books, even for teen standards or whatever, and every book he writes involves a gay character, whether they’re the main character or not.

zarnold's avatar

I vaguely remember Jim Shepard tackling some homosexual themes in his short story collection Love and Hydrogen, but it’s been a while since I read it.

MissA's avatar

Guy de Maupassant’s short stories…he, himself was gay. So, his stories are written from his personal point of view. Great, great insight into human nature.

tearsxsolitude's avatar

I read a good book called Suicide Notes. It’s got a little porn in it, but the book is amazing!

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