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LGBT Novels of 2015
Unlike film and television, literature hasn’t been historically lacking when it comes to representing the LGBT community: even in the 19th century, Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass” looked at life and humanity from a queer perspective, while in recent years, there’s been an increasing trend of LGBT representation in young adult literature. While some books are specifically LGBT-themed, many others cover a wide range of characters and explore LGBT identities as one part of a larger narrative.
In 2015, novels by LGBT authors have dealt with a variety of subjects, ranging from LGBT parenting to navigating coming out as a teenager. With a range of voices, styles, and genres, these books approach contemporary LGBT life from many different angles and perspectives, following memorable characters as they reconcile their LGBT identities with family expectations, jealousy, or even murder mysteries.
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda | Becky Albertalli
YA novels that focus on LGBT characters are definitely important for young readers, since the characters often deal with relatable obstacles and struggles revolving around their sexual identity. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda was one of the biggest LGBT young adult novels of 2015, and involves a young, closeted gay protagonist being blackmailed about his sexual identity while trying to navigate a new relationship.
Did You Ever Have a Family | Bill Clegg
Bill Clegg’s Did You Ever Have a Family is an ambitious novel about grief and loss that centers on June Reid, a Connecticut woman who loses her entire family in a house fire the night before her daughter’s wedding. The book shifts between characters and perspectives, including a lesbian couple who own the hotel where June ends up as she flees from her grief.
Vienna | William S. Kirby
Is there any character who’s been re-imagined more than Sherlock Holmes? William S. Kirby’s Vienna is one of the more radical takes on the character, setting the mystery in the 21st Century and writing Watson and Holmes (here, Justine and Vienna) as a lesbian couple. Readers have read gay subtext into Sherlock Holmes for years, but Kirby’s novel is definitely one of the first to undertake such a huge transformation.
Let Me Explain You | Annie Liontas
In Annie Liontas’ debut novel, Stavros Stavros Mavrakis becomes convinced of his impending death and sends an email to his ex-wives and daughters, detailing their failures and suggesting how to correct them. The novel blends tragedy and comedy, exploring immigration and family dynamics, especially when it comes to Stavros’ lesbian daughter and the clash between patriarchal culture and sexual liberation.
Adult Onset | Ann-Marie MacDonald
Canadian author Ann-Marie MacDonald’s Adult Onset follows Mary Rose MacKinnon, a lesbian mother and novelist struggling to complete the third book in her “Otherwhere” fantasy trilogy while taking care of her two young children. The novel weaves together three narrative strands: Mary Rose’s slow unraveling while her partner is away, her childhood with her mother Dolly, and the fantasy world of her “Otherwhere” novels.
The Gap of Time | Jeanette Winterson
Billed as a cover version of Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale”, Jeanette Winterson’s The Gap of Time recasts the play’s King Leontes as Leo, a paranoid and greedy hedge fund manager whose jealousy over his former lover, Xeno, sends him into a violent rage. While Shakespeare’s play didn’t provide motivation for the king’s envy, Winterson’s contemporary take on the plot allows her to explore sexual fluidity and ambiguity.
What’s On Your LGBT Bookshelf?
These are only a few of 2015’s LGBT novels, but there’s a lot out there for readers who want to read about compelling LGBT characters and their concerns. While some are marketed specifically as LGBT books, many others feature well-defined LGBT characters in addition to their other elements. Beyond novels, there are books of poetry and nonfiction tackling LGBT subjects, from LGBT history to contemporary struggles for equality.
We’d love to hear your thoughts on contemporary LGBT literature, especially if we missed one of your favorites from 2015! What are you reading?