'Last Words from Montmartre' by Qiu Miaojin

Miaojin, I know this letter will reach you too late. Almost 20 years too late, since you died at the age of 26 in 1995. This is the first of your novels to be translated into English, and before reading it, I hadn’t known of your influence on the gay and lesbian culture in Taiwan… read more

‘An Unnecessary Woman’ by Rabih Alameddine

“[…] Rabih Alameddine’s An Unnecessary Woman sets forth a different definition of a ‘reader’s novel’:  this is a novel for voracious readers of literary fiction and fiction in translation.”… read more

‘Fire Year’ by Jason K. Friedman

In Fire Year, the 2012 winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction, Jason K. Friedman mines two very distinct veins of American fiction: that of the American Jewish experience, and that of the American South…… read more

‘Twelve Views from the Distance’ by Mutsuo Takahashi

Katsushika Hokusai is best known for “The Great Wave Off Kanagawa,” a masterpiece of Japanese woodblock prints, ukiyo-e. And even though “The Great Wave” was a part of a series, Thirty-Six Views of Fuji, it has almost eclipsed the rest of Hokusai’s work.  Similarly, the poet Mutsuo Takahashi is best known for his homoerotic poetry, particularly… read more

'The Aversive Clause' by B.C. Edwards

“[I]n his most successful stories, Edwards merges the fanciful with a strong emotional core, which gives those fantastic elements a deeper, metaphorical meaning, particularly when paired with queer characters.”read more

'The Scientists: A Family Romance' by Marco Roth

Marco Roth grew up in a well-to-do Jewish family on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, but, like all unhappy families, his was unhappy in its own way:  his father, a doctor, had contracted HIV, ostensibly from a careless needle prick, and by Marco’s high school years, had developed full-blown AIDS.  And even though the… read more

'Lovetown' by Michał Witkowski

The phrase “too many queens, not enough spotlights” should give a glimpse into the anarchic feel of Michał Witkowski’s debut novel, Lovetown.

The self-proclaimed ‘queens’ of Lovetown, who exclusively refer to each other by feminine names, revel in what they see as the glorious heyday of Polish Communist-era sex, equal measures grim and liberating…. read more

‘Love, In Theory’ by E.J. Levy

In this collection, love takes on many forms—heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, lesbian—but the infidelity remains constant. Betrayals, of one kind or another are the predominant catalysts for most of the stories, but Levy finds interesting tweaks on the matter. … read more

'I’m Trying To Reach You' by Barbara Browning

When Gray Adams, former ballet dancer turned academic, gets stuck turning his dissertation into a book, he does what any good academic does: more research. Unfortunately, his research isn’t into his book’s topic (“Semaphoric Mime from the Ballet Blanc to William Forsythe: A Derridean Analysis”), but rather into the deaths of three iconic figures in… read more