Your Gay Summer Reading Guide: Books By and About Lesbians

 
 

Fiction

Into the Interior by Michelle Cliff

Who wrote it: Bisexual Jamaican-American writer who hasn’t penned a new novel in 17 years.
Why you should read it: It’s an avante-garde tale of bizarre sexual and familial relationships based in Jamaica, Europe and the United States.
Who will like it: Bisexual women, ex-Patriates, fans of Cliff’s previous works. (Fun fact: Her life partner is poet Adrienne Rich.)

A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend by Emily Horner

Who wrote it: A young adult writer who enjoys musicals and has moved from Canada to France to Japan to Brooklyn.
Why you should read it: Two hipster teen girls fall in love while working on a musical together.
Who will like it: Fans of Glee, teen lesbians, bi-curious girls, drama nerds, and anyone who has ever put on a play in her basement.

Diana Comet: And Other Improbable Stories by Sandra McDonald

Who wrote it: An out science-fiction author and professor.
Why you should read it: It’s her first collection of short stories and it’s full of fantasy, foreign lands, nuns, gay cowboys, drag queens, witches, goddesses and more!
Who will like it: Followers of Xena and Legend of the Seeker, queer girls and their gay boy best friends, people with imaginations.

If You Follow Me by Malena Watrous

Who wrote it: A San Fransisco-based writer who based her book on time spent living in Japan.
Why you should read it: It’s about a young woman who has a minor freak out after following her girlfriend to another country and trying to survive on her own.
Who will like it: Lesbians who wished Eat, Pray, Love wasn’t about a well-off straight woman, women who like Japan or hope to visit some day, people who enjoy traveling without leaving the couch.

The Big Bang Symphony by Lucy Jane Bledsoe

Who wrote it: An accomplished novelist who enjoys cold weather and traveling in it.
Why you should read it: It’s a breathtaking story of three different women involved in each other’s lives because they’re all together at a station in Antarctica.
Who will like it: Women who enjoy traveling, lesbians that have lost their partner, people who want a big change in their lives.

Days of Grace by Catherine Hall

Who wrote it: A documentary filmmaker-turned-author.
Why you should read it: It’s her first novel and it’s enthralling. It’s about a young girl from London moving to the country to live with a family during WWII. She falls for her best friend, Grace.
Who will like it: Lesbians of all ages, women who grew up during the war, anyone who knows what it’s like to fall for a straight girl.

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