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Call Me by Your Name: A Novel
André Aciman

Elio—17, extremely well-read, sensitive and the son of a prominent expatriate professor—finds himself troublingly attracted to a visiting American resident scholar, Oliver. Both of the men flirt (and more) with women among their circle of friends, but Elio yearns for Oliver.


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Carry the One: A Novel
Carol Anshaw

When a car of inebriated guests from Carmen’s wedding hits and kills a girl on a country road, Carmen and the people involved in the accident connect, disconnect, and reconnect throughout twenty-five subsequent years of marriage, parenthood, holidays, and tragedies.


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The Last Nude
Ellis Avery

In Jazz Age Paris, a destitute young American named Rafaela Fano gets into the car of a dazzling stranger, the Art Deco painter Tamara de Lempicka. Struggling to halt a downward slide toward prostitution, Rafaela agrees to model for the artist. The two become lovers and Rafaela inspires Tamara’s most accomplished and prized works of art, including Beautiful Rafaela.


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Giovanni's Room
James Baldwin

Sexual identity is central to this 1956 novel about an American’s struggle to accept his desire for an Italian bartender in Paris.


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Astray
Emma Donoghue

A collection of short stories featuring a cross-section of society including runaways, drifters, gold miners, counterfeiters, attorneys, and slaves from Puritan Massachusetts and revolutionary New Jersey to antebellum Louisiana.


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Middlesex: A Novel (Oprah's Book Club)
Jeffrey Eugenides

To understand why Calliope is not like other girls, she has to uncover a guilty family secret and the astonishing genetic history that turns Callie into Cal, one of the most audacious and wondrous narrators in contemporary fiction. Lyrical and thrilling, Middlesex is an exhilarating reinvention of the American epic.


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Maurice: A Novel
E. M. Forster

In a highly structured society, Maurice is a conventional young man in almost every way, “stepping into the niche that England had prepared for him”: except that he is homosexual.


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Basketball Jones
E. Lynn Harris

AJ Richardson is living the good life with his longtime lover, NBA star Dray Jones. Built on a deep and abiding love, their hidden relationship sustains them both. But when Dray’s teammates begin to ask insinuating questions, Dray puts their doubts to rest by marrying Judi, a beautiful and ambitious woman. Judi knows nothing about Dray’s “other life.” Or does she?


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A Horse Named Sorrow
Trebor Healey

When troubled twenty-one-year-old Seamus Blake meets Jimmy, he feels his life may finally be taking a turn for the better. But the ensuing romance proves short-lived as Jimmy dies of an AIDS-related illness. The grieving Seamus is obliged to keep a promise to Jimmy: “Take me back the way I came.”


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The Line of Beauty
Alan Hollinghurst

In the summer of 1983, twenty-year-old Nick Guest moves into an attic room in the Notting Hill home of the Feddens. His two vividly contrasting love affairs, one with a young black clerk and one with a Lebanese millionaire, dramatize the dangers and rewards of his own private pursuit of beauty.


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A Single Man
Christopher Isherwood

When A Single Man was originally published, it shocked many by its frank, sympathetic, and moving portrayal of a gay man in midlife. George, the protagonist, is adjusting to life on his own after the sudden death of his partner, determined to persist in the routines of his daily life.


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These Things Happen
Richard Kramer

Wesley, a tenth grader, tries to navigate through life, despite having divorced parents, a father who has come out as gay and a popular friend who also comes out as gay right after winning a school election.


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The Paternity Test: A Novel
Michael Lowenthal

A passionate examination of marriages and mistakes, loyalty and betrayal, and about how our drive to create families can complicate the ones we already have. The Paternity Test is a provocative look at the new “family values.”


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Sing You Home: A Novel
Jodi Picoult

In the aftermath of a series of personal tragedies, Zoe throws herself into her career as a music therapist. When an unexpected friendship slowly blossoms into love, she makes plans for a new life, but to her shock and inevitable rage, some people—even those she loves and trusts most—don’t want that to happen.


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Remembrance of Things I Forgot: A Novel
Bob Smith

Comic book dealer John Sherkston has decided to break up with his physicist boyfriend, Taylor Esgard, on the very day Taylor announces he’s perfected a time machine. John travels back to 1986, where he encounters “Junior,” his younger, more innocent self. He and Taylor plan to fix their future relationship troubles, and stop George W. Bush from becoming president.


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Now Is the Hour (.)
Tom Spanbauer

The year is 1967 and Rigby John Klusener, seventeen years old and finally leaving his home and family in Pocatello, Idaho, headed for San Francisco. The story traces his gradual emancipation from his strictly religious farming family and from the small-minded, bigoted community in which he has grown up in a time of explosive cultural change.


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We the Animals
Justin Torres

Three brothers tear their way through childhood in a family that is full of chaos and heartbreak and the euphoria of belonging completely to one another. From the intense familial unity felt by a child to the profound alienation he endures as he begins to see the world, this beautiful novel reinvents the coming-of-age story in a way that is sly and punch-in-the-stomach powerful.


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The Night Watch
Sarah Waters

Moving back through the 1940s, through air raids, blacked-out streets, illicit partying, and sexual adventure, to end with its beginning in 1941, The Night Watch tells the story of four Londoners-three women and a young man with a past-whose lives connect in tragedy, stunning surprise and exquisite turns, only to change irreversibly in the shadow of a grand historical event.


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Jack Holmes and His Friend: A Novel
Edmund White

Traces the decades-long friendship of Jack Holmes and Will Wright, which is marked by Jack’s secret love for Will, Will’s marriage in spite of conflicted sexual feelings, and the devastating rise of AIDS.


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