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Mislaid: A Novel by Nell Zink

Abandoning her husband and nine-year-old son, Peggy takes her three-year-old daughter, Karen, and hides out in a housing project where she creates new identities for herself and Karen as African Americans....

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The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

The Argonauts is a genre-bending memoir, a work of "autotheory" offering fresh, fierce, and timely thinking about desire, identity, and the limitations and possibilities of love and language. At its center is a romance: the story of the authors relationship with the artist Harry Dodge. This story, which includes Nelsons account of falling in love with Dodge, who is fluidly gendered, as well as her journey to and through a pregnancy, offers a firsthand account of the complexities and joys of (queer) family-making....

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The Evening Chorus by Helen Humphries

RAF pilot James Hunter, shot down on his first mission, spends the Second World War in a German POW camp where his interest in the local birds leads him to develop a complicated relationship with the prison's kommandant. Meanwhile, back in England, his desperately lonely young wife, Rose, falls into a passionate affair with a soldier stationed nearby and forms an unexpected friendship with James' sister, Enid, who has lost everything during the Blitz in London....

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After the Parade by Lori Ostlund

An ESL teacher seeks closure from a rejection-marked childhood and his own questionable choices by exploring his relationships with fellow misfits in his youth....

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Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta

A young Nigerian girl, displaced during their civil war, begins a powerful love affair with another refugee girl from a different ethnic community until the pair are discovered and must learn the cost of living a lie amidst taboos and prejudices....

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My Cat Yugoslavia: a Novel by Pajtim Statovci

A love story set in two countries in two radically different times follows the experiences of a Yugoslavian bride and her gay outcast son in present-day Finland, where a pet boa constrictor and a loquacious cat compel a journey of healing and cultural understanding....

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Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman

The sudden and powerful attraction between a teenage boy and a summer guest at his parents' house on the Italian Riviera has a profound and lasting influence that will mark them both for a lifetime....

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This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

A family reshapes their ideas about family, love and loyalty when youngest son Claude reveals increasingly determined preferences for girls' clothing and accessories and refuses to stay silent....

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Notes of a Crocodile by Miaojin Qiu

Set in the post-martial-law era of 1990s Taipei, Notes of a Crocodile depicts the coming-of-age of a group of queer misfits discovering love, friendship, and artistic affinity while hardly studying at Taiwan's most prestigious university....

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No One Can Pronounce My Name by Rakesh Satyal -

Struggling with cultural divisions in a Cleveland suburb mostly populated by Indian Americans, lonely forty-something Harit dresses up in a sari to comfort his grief-stricken mother before befriending a woman who writes paranormal romances to manage her fears about her husband's affair....

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Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

Three friends go to a convention and find love--and themselves....

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Landing by Emma Donoghue

Over the course of a year, the lives of two women--Sile, a flight attendant and world traveler, and Jude, a young archivist stubbornly attached to the town of Ireland, Ontario--intersect, in a story that reveals the joys and sorrows of a long-distance relationship....

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Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

Growing up as a foster child among a family of thieves, orphan Sue Trinder hopes to pay back that kindness by playing a key role in a swindle scheme devised by their leader, Gentleman, who is planning to con a fortune out of the naive Maud Lily, but Sue's growing pity for their helpless victim could destroy the plot....

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The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Patroclus, an awkward young prince, follows Achilles into war, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they have learned, everything they hold dear. And that, before he is ready, he will be forced to surrender his friend to the hands of Fate. Set during the Trojan War....

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True Letters from a Fictional Life by Kenneth Logan

To help him deal with his inner struggles, James writes letters to the people of his life and locks them away, but when his words are broadcast all over school he needs to decide if he wants to live a life of fiction....

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Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera

Juliet Milagros Palante is leaving the Bronx and headed to Portland, Oregon. She just came out to her family and isnt sure if her mom will ever speak to her again. But Juliet has a plan, sort of, one thats going to help her figure out this whole "Puerto Rican lesbian" thing. Shes interning with the author of her favorite book: Harlowe Brisbane, the ultimate authority on feminism, womens bodies, and other gay-sounding stuff. Will Juliet be able to figure out her life over the course of one magical summer? Is that even possible? Or is she running away from all the problems that seem too big to handle? With more questions than answers, Juliet takes on Portland, Harlowe, and most importantly, herself....

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The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell by William Klaber

One day in 1855 Lucy Lobdell cut her hair, changed clothes, and went off to live her life as a man. By the time it was over, she was notorious. Lucy lived at a time when women did not commonly travel unescorted, carry a rifle, sit down in bars, or have romantic liaisons with other women. To gain those freedoms Lucy had to endure public scorn and wrestle with a sexual identity whose vocabulary had yet to be invented....

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God in Pink by Hasan Namir

A revelatory novel about being queer and Muslim, set in war-torn Iraq in 2003. Ramy is a young gay Iraqi struggling to find a balance between his sexuality, religion, and culture. Ammar is a sheikh whose guidance Ramy seeks, and whose tolerance is tested by his belief in the teachings of the Qur'an....

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