Reviews : Fiction

'The Angel of History' by Rabih Alameddine

In Alameddine’s newest novel, the aftermath of a half-century of war, disease, religious strife, and sexual liberation has left a Middle Eastern San Francisco-based poet addled and on the verge of neurotic collapse…. read more

'A Thin Bright Line' by Lucy Jane Bledsoe

The backdrops of the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement, and the emerging science of climate research are combined into a novel honoring the queer communities of the 50s and 60s… read more

'The Stormwater Drains in Canberra' by Paul Johan Karlsen

It takes some courage for a young Norwegian man from a small town to travel around the world for gay sex. In some ways, the novel reads like a fairy tale… The Stormwater Drains in Canberra may serve as a study guide for a new generation of young gay men… read more

‘Vow of Celibacy’ by Erin Judge

Vow of Celibacy, stand-up comedian Erin Judges dishy debut novel, plunges the reader directly into the world of Natalie—bisexual, plus-sized fashion maven, and undertaker of the titular vow. … read more

'Jazz Moon' by Joe Okonkwo

Jazz Moon, in part, is a love story. The beautiful complicated love story of main character Ben Charles, a burgeoning poet from the south who arrives in New York in the midst of the Harlem Renaissance…. read more

'Black Wave' by Michelle Tea

Black Wave is about queer subculture and the importance of storytelling, and it’s an existential meditation on the consequences of choice…. read more

‘Perfect Pairing’ by Rachel Spangler

Perfect Pairing is a sexy, tension-filled tale about two dynamic women who have lost their way in life. If they can realize what a perfect pair they are meant to be… However, in order to get there, first these two have a lot of burnt cheese to clean off the grill… read more

‘Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was’ by Sjón

In the new novel Moonstone, the author delivers a quiet but compelling literary intervention into Iceland’s past, offering a counter-narrative that acknowledges the country’s many unacknowledged past LGBT citizens… read more