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With Pride Month upon us, it is important to show solidarity with the community that faces so much in their everyday lives. One of the best ways to do this is to enjoy their stories, read about them and promote knowledge about their lives, their thoughts, their feelings, and their struggles.
To do this, Book Buzzed has compiled a list of 5 underrated gems of LGBTQIA+ literature for our readers to check out!
The Passion of New Eve by Angela Carter
Best known for her feminist retellings of fairy tales in The Bloody Chamber and other Stories, Angela Carter is a writer who explores complex themes through her satirical writing. Her explorations of the politics of race, and gender form the crux of “The Passion of New Eve,” where the narrator is transformed into a woman (the “New Eve”). Identity and transformation in the lead character forces them to confront their past life and experience their own fairy tale ending.
Less by Andrew Greer
Andrew Greer’s book is a comedy about the life of a struggling novelist steadily approaching his 50th birthday and facing an existential crisis. When he receives an invitation to his ex-boyfriend’s wedding, he chooses not to despair and instead, goes on a world tour. The book is funny and has a lot of heart, which is exactly what Greer was hoping to write.
Release by Patrick Ness
This is one of those books that was missed by a lot of people when it came out. It is a YA epic that should definitely get a read. It follows the life of a gay teenager on one of his worst days, as he battles the hurdles around him and faces impossible problems in a struggle to realize himself. The book owes its debt to Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, something the author himself acknowledges. Release is funny, poignant and charming like its protagonist and takes the reader on a truly breathtaking journey of discovery.
The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon by Tom Spanbauer
People who have read Tom Spanbauer are either left uncomfortable or totally in awe of the writer’s ability to engage with themes of sexuality, race, and gender in a very evocative way. In The Man Who Fell in Love with The Moon, the story of Shed is told in a no-holds-barred tale set in frontier America. Racism and sexual violence play a large theme here, as well as Shed’s compelling discovering of his sexuality, which, together with Spanbauer’s writing style, is meant to give the reader a real physical reaction. It is a very original queer novel from the 90s.
Readers who loved Becky Albertalli’s book Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda don’t need encouragement to read this spinoff based on the character of Leah from the original. This book deals with Leah working up the courage to open up to her friends about her bisexuality.
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