Good gay novels

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    Dec 21, 2013 2:38 PM GMT
    Hi guys I was just wondering if you guys know any good gay novels?

    I've been searching up a few online and so far a lot of them don't have good reviews based on the reviews that gay people have actually given them.

    I've gotten into reading lately and I felt like searching for a good gay novel but I haven't been able to find anything good so far.

    Any recommendations?

  • Dec 21, 2013 4:59 PM GMT
    "Maurice" by EM Forster

    "The Last of the Wine" by Mary Renault

    "The Seven Wonders" by Steven Sayers
    (not completely gay but great adventure)
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    Dec 21, 2013 5:44 PM GMT
    Latter Days. Love that book. And the movie they made out of it isn't bad either.

    This next one was a little bit of a stretch but I liked reading it - Out of Position by Kyell Gold
  • peterstrong

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    Dec 21, 2013 5:44 PM GMT
    The Persian Boy by Mary Renault
  • madsexy

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    Dec 21, 2013 6:14 PM GMT
    Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh - 1945
    It's not all gay, but the Charles/Sebastian college love affair is fun, and the story itself is semi-epic.
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    Dec 21, 2013 6:15 PM GMT
    Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
  • quirkyquirk

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    Dec 21, 2013 6:28 PM GMT
    At Swim Two Boys. Killer book.
  • JuneauMike

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    Dec 21, 2013 6:38 PM GMT
    The Coffee Shop Chronicles of New Orleans by David Lummis. I looooooove this series!icon_idea.gif
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    Dec 21, 2013 7:23 PM GMT
    "A Single Man" by Christopher Isherwood

    I got a kick out of "Hero" by Perry Moore (super hero young adult novel)

    Not a novel but Dave Kopays autobiography "The David Kopay Story" is worth a read. Might seem like the dark ages to a lot of you but it's held up even though published in 1977.
  • starboard5

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    Dec 21, 2013 7:38 PM GMT
    Two I frequently recommend are The Cranberry Hush, by Ben Monopoli, and The Folded Leaf, by William Maxwell.

    The Cranberry Hush is about the relationship between a bi guy, who narrates the story, and his best friend from college, a straight guy. It's a quiet novel, set outside Boston in the dead of winter and sunk in snow, literally and emotionally. Well written, but know going in that the action is almost entirely interior.

    The Folded Leaf is one of the most beautifully written books I know. It's also about the relationship between two friends who meet in high school and go on to college together. Sexuality is never mentioned in the story but one of the two guys is certainly gay, though he probably doesn't even realize it, himself.

    I've read both of these novels at least three times and will read them again.
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    Dec 21, 2013 8:34 PM GMT
    Remembrances of Things I Forgot by Bob Smith
  • warrior1234

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    Dec 21, 2013 8:36 PM GMT
    Suicide Notes.
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    Dec 21, 2013 8:37 PM GMT
    Dancer from the Dance by Andrew Holleran and Faggots by Larry Kramer are my favorites.
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    Dec 21, 2013 8:43 PM GMT
    "Flesh and Blood", by Michael Cunningham

    Not entirey gay, but I really enjoyed the reading.
    I am not sure about this, but I think "A home at the end of the world" by him is also gay-themed..
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    Dec 21, 2013 8:51 PM GMT
    Yes! I certainly can. The following are a must read! "Trust Fund Boys" by Rob Byrnes, "Fresh Men" by Edmund White," The Music Of your Life" By John Howell, And My most favorite lately Is..."Sellevision" by Augusten Burroughs.

  • Dec 21, 2013 10:44 PM GMT
    Best gay novel I've ever read is "Call Me By Your Name." A close second is "At Swim, Two Boys." Both extremely well-written. Both will give you a good cry at the end.
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    Dec 22, 2013 12:13 AM GMT
    Damned if I can remember the name of the book but Anne Rice used to write erotica under a psuedonym. A long time ago I read some erotica she wrote about a castrato and his sexual exploits with men and women. I'll do some research and get back to you.

    EDIT: Rice has also published adult-oriented fiction under the pen name Anne Rampling, and has written explicit sado-masochistic erotica as A.N. Roquelaure.
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    Dec 22, 2013 12:17 AM GMT
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    Dec 22, 2013 12:31 AM GMT
    I second starboard5's comments about The Folded Leaf, by William Maxwell. I thought I was the only one who knew about that book.
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    Dec 22, 2013 12:46 AM GMT
    I loved the front runner way back when.
  • greekguy79

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    Dec 22, 2013 1:07 AM GMT
    quirkyquirk saidAt Swim Two Boys. Killer book.


    Great book.
  • greekguy79

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    Dec 22, 2013 1:11 AM GMT
    MuscleManhattan saidBest gay novel I've ever read is "Call Me By Your Name." A close second is "At Swim, Two Boys." Both extremely well-written. Both will give you a good cry at the end.


    Call Me By Your Name is by far my favourite gay novel, so far.

    I like Perry Moore's "Hero", but it's more teen style fiction...still a good read though.

    The most heart-breaking and haunting I've ever read so far is Baldwin's "Giovanni's Room".

    "The Art of Beauty" was a good story, but the author (Hollinghurst, I think) loves prose, so it's a bit stuffy and wordy at times.


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    Dec 22, 2013 1:14 AM GMT
    greekguy79 said
    MuscleManhattan saidBest gay novel I've ever read is "Call Me By Your Name." A close second is "At Swim, Two Boys." Both extremely well-written. Both will give you a good cry at the end.


    Call Me By Your Name is by far my favourite gay novel, so far.

    I like Perry Moore's "Hero", but it's more teen style fiction...still a good read though.

    The most heart-breaking and haunting I've ever read so far is Baldwin's "Giovanni's Room".

    "The Art of Beauty" was a good story, but the author (Hollinghurst, I think) loves prose, so it's a bit stuffy and wordy at times.




    My bad, the last book's called "The Line of Beauty".
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Line_of_Beauty
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    Dec 22, 2013 1:48 AM GMT
    You can try gay "classics", like Memoirs of Hadrian, by Yourcenar, or anything by Genet.
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    Dec 22, 2013 8:50 AM GMT
    Wow icon_biggrin.gif
    Thanks so much for all the replies!!
    I am so excited now to try find a copy of all these books and give them a go.

    Honestly, thanks again for all the suggestions I was really hopeless at finding any.

    I think I have quite the book adventure ahead of me now icon_smile.gif

    The only thing now is hoping they are available where I live.
    Otherwise I might have to settle for any online copies you might be able to rent or something.