The first queer book I ever read was A Density of Souls by Christopher Rice.

At the time of the reading, I was just about to turn fifteen and was growing increasingly frustrated with my sexuality. When I got on the bus and prepared for the ride ahead, I cracked the book open and began to read.

Halfway through, I realized something, then came to accept it without a doubt in my mind—I was gay, pure and simple, and there was nothing to be ashamed of.

A Density of Souls is, literally, the book that changed my life.


Kody Boye was born and raised in Southeastern Idaho. He is the author of the forthcoming novels Sunrise: The Revised and Expanded Edition and Pretty Things, as well as the short story collection Amorous Things. He currently lives and writes in Austin, Texas.

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