‘We Are Water’ by Wally Lamb

Lamb often leaves his characters on a limb right before changing perspectives, and so we want to read further because of the most basic–and essential–reasons: we need to know what happens next…. read more

‘The Two Hotel Francforts' by David Leavitt

“While the juxtaposition of what is told with what is suggested provides a good deal of tension in the novel, we are also gripped by the time and place of Leavitt’s story: Lisbon in the summer 1940, a year into World War II…”… read more

David Margolick: John Horne Burns and the Dreadful Life

“One doesn’t think of Burns as courageous or engaged–his great intellect and rather supercilious attitude had let him float above everything — but writing so explicitly about gays, and advocating for them, in 1947 was an act of enormous courage. “

David Margolick took some time to talk with the Lambda Literary Review about his interest in John Horne Burns, the challenges of writing about a person who was often disliked, and learning about twentieth century gay life…. read more

'The Selected Letters of Willa Cather’ edited by Andrew Jewell and Janis Stout

In one of Willa Cather’s letters to her beloved brother Roscoe she writes, “As for me, I have cared too much, about people and places–cared too hard. It made me as a writer, but it will break me in the end.” Losing those near to her very nearly did break Cather, but it is our great fortune that she let herself care as much as she did…. read more

'These Things Happen’ by Richard Kramer

“A lot can happen in a day sometimes,” says Wesley Bowman, one of two teenaged boys at the center of Richard Kramer’s witty and often moving first novel, These Things Happen (Unbridled Books). This opening line, of course, is prescient. A lot does happen in each of the few days that frame this story, in which the adults in Wesley’s life are forced to reevaluate their understanding of themselves…. read more

'My Husband and My Wives: A Gay Man’s Odyssey' by Charles Rowan Beye

Early in his memoir, Beye tells us that he hopes the reader will finish the book “with a better understanding of the obstacles and shoals the gay male must navigate just to grow up and assume the responsibilities of adulthood.” In clean, elegant prose, Beye does just that.  My Husband and My Wives is an engrossing, moving and often witty take one gay man’s life…. read more