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PRIDE at PPL: Fiction

For Today I Am A Boy
For Today I Am A Boy By Fu, Kim Book - 2014 fiction FU All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Peter, the only boy among four siblings born to Chinese immigrants, is convinced he is a girl and must fight the confines of a small town as well as the expectations of his parents to forge his own path into adulthood.

The Last Nude
The Last Nude By Avery, Ellis Book - 2011 fiction AVERY All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:2013 Stonewall Award Winner

Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish
Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish A Novel By Rakoff, David Book - 2013 fiction RAKOFF Available in some locations

Annotation:From the incomparable David Rakoff, a poignant, beautiful, witty and wise novel in verse whose scope spans the 20th Century. David Rakoff, who died in 2012 at the age of 47, built a deserved reputation as one of the finest and funniest essayists of our time. This intricately woven novel, written with humour, sympathy and tenderness, proves him the master of an altogether different art form. (Goodreads).

We Are Water
We Are Water A Novel By Lamb, Wally Book - 2013 fiction LAMB Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 14 copies

Annotation:Anna Oh, a middle-age wife, mother and artist, divorces her husband after 27 years of marriage to marry Vivica, the Manhattan art dealer who orchestrated her professional success.

A Strange and Separate People
A Strange and Separate People By Marans, Jon Book - 2012 812.54 MARANS Available in some locations

Annotation:2014 Stonewall Honor Book. A young Manhattan couple finds their world shaken when a gay doctor's passion for his new religious beliefs challenges theirs and questions the meaning of love. Jon Marans brings us this emotionally rich, contemporary story of betrayal and new beginnings.

The Song of Achilles
The Song of Achilles By Miller, Madeline Book - 2012 fiction MILLER Available in some locations

Annotation:2013 Stonewall Honor Book

More of This World or Maybe Another
More of This World or Maybe Another By Johnson, Barb Book - 2009 fiction JOHNSON, BARB Available in some locations

Annotation:2011 Stonewall Award Winner

No Straight Lines
No Straight Lines Four Decades of Queer Comics Graphic Novel - 2012 fiction NO (GraBk) Available in some locations
Remembrance of Things I Forgot
Remembrance of Things I Forgot A Novel By Smith, Bob Book - 2011 fiction SMITH, BOB

Annotation:2012 Stonewall Honor Book. Just before breaking up with long-time boyfriend Taylor, John learns that Taylor has finished a time traveling machine and uses it to go back in time, where he tries to change the destinies of his father, sister, George W. Bush, and himself.

Annabel
Annabel By Winter, Kathleen Book - 2010 fiction WINTER, KATHLEEN Available in some locations

Annotation:2012 Stonewall Honor Book. Born a boy and a girl but raised as a boy, Wayne or "Annabel" struggles with his identity growing up in a small Canadian town and seeks freedom by moving to the city.

Light Fell
Light Fell By Fallenberg, Evan Book - 2008 fiction FALLENB, EVAN Available in some locations

Annotation:2009 Stonewall Award Winner

Girl Meets Boy
Girl Meets Boy The Myth of Iphis By Smith, Ali Book - 2007 fiction SMITH, ALI All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Veteran British novelist Smith returns from 2006's Whitbread Award-winner The Accidental with a cheerful, sexy, disorienting take on the gender-shifting myths of Iphis (as told in Ovid's Metamorphoses). Fragile, rootless Anthea arrives at the Inverness, Scotland, offices of the slick, multibrand corporate behemoth Pure, where her up-and-coming sister Midge has gotten her a job. Raised on their grandfather's stories of rebellion and gender switching, the sisters undergo very different transformations when confronting Pure oblivion, the corporation's goal of being simultaneously ubiquitous and invisible. Drifting at work, Anthea meets kilt-clad graffiti artist Robin, who awakens destructive passions within her.

Call Me by your Name
Call Me by your Name By Aciman, André Book - 2007 fiction ACIMAN Available in some locations

Annotation: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.

The Teahouse Fire
The Teahouse Fire By Avery, Ellis Book - 2006 fiction AVERY Available in some locations

Annotation:2008 Stonewall Award Winner

Grief
Grief By Holleran, Andrew Book - 2006 fiction HOLLERA, ANDREW Available in some locations

Annotation:2007 Stonewall Award Winner. A pensive, creative, and haunting novel that speaks expressly to the heart without sentimentality, by the author of Dancer from the Dance (1978), an important novel from the 1970s-'80s gay-lit renaissance.

Babyji
Babyji A Novel By Dawesar, Abha Book - 2005 fiction DAWESAR, ABHA

Annotation:2006 Stonewall Award Winner

The Master
The Master A Novel By Tóibín, Colm Book - 2004 fiction TOIBIN, COLM Available in some locations

Annotation:2005 Stonewall Award Winner

At Swim, Two Boys
At Swim, Two Boys By O'Neill, Jamie Book - 2003 fiction O'NEILL, JAMIE Available in some locations

Annotation:Set during the year preceding the Easter Uprising of 1916 -- Ireland's brave but fractured revolt against British rule -- At Swim, Two Boys is a tender, tragic love story and a brilliant depiction of people caught in the tide of history. Powerful and artful, and ten years in the writing, it is a masterwork from Jamie O'Neill.

The Book of Salt
The Book of Salt By Truong, Monique T. D. Book - 2003 fiction TRUONG Available in some locations

Annotation:2004 Stonewall Award Winner

The Color Purple
The Color Purple By Walker, Alice Book - 2003 fiction WALKER Available in some locations

Annotation:The Color Purple is the story of two sisters -- one a missionary to Africa and the other a child wife living in the South -- who remain loyal to one another across time, distance, and silence. Beautifully imagined and deeply compassionate, this classic American literature is rich with passion, pain, inspiration, and an indomitable love of life--Cover.

Affinity
Affinity By Waters, Sarah Book - 2002 x

Annotation:2001 Stonewall Award Winner

Trans-sister Radio
Trans-sister Radio A Novel By Bohjalian, Christopher A. Book - 2000 fiction BOHJALI, CHRISTOP Available in some locations

Annotation:Four people in a small Vermont village are about to have their lives inexorably intertwined by the uncertainties of love . . . and the apparent absolutes of gender.

Po Man's Child
Po Man's Child A Novel By Blackman, Marci Book - 1999 BLACKMA, MARCI

Annotation:2000 Stonewall Award Winner

Breakfast on Pluto
Breakfast on Pluto By McCabe, Pat Book - 1998 fiction MCCABE Available in some locations

Annotation:This Booker Prize-shortlisted novel concerns an Irish trans woman named Patrick “Pussy” Braden who escapes from her abusive foster home and goes out to search both for herself and for the mother who gave her up.

Stone Butch Blues
Stone Butch Blues A Novel By Feinberg, Leslie Book - 1993 fiction FEINBER, LESLIE Available in some locations

Annotation:Transgender activist Leslie Feinberg sets this novel in pre-Stonewall New York City, and it’s an indelible examination of butch and femme culture that doubles as a great lesbian coming-of-age story.

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit By Winterson, Jeanette Book - 1985 fiction WINTERSON Available in some locations

Annotation:The coming-of-age story of Jess, the adopted daughter of a deeply religious woman, who grows up isolated and insulated in the north of England in the 1960's. Jess meets Melanie, and the two teenagers fall in love, greatly upsetting Jess's mother and her congregation.

Rubyfruit Jungle
Rubyfruit Jungle By Brown, Rita Mae Book - 1977 fiction BROWN Available in some locations

Annotation:Rita Mae Brown wrote Rubyfruit Jungle decades before she became better known as for her cat-mystery novels. An autobiographical story, it’s widely considered to be the first lesbian coming-of-age novel.

A Single Man
A Single Man By Isherwood, Christopher Book - 1964 fiction ISHERWO, CHRISTOP Available in some locations

Annotation:“Think of two people, living together day after day, year after year, in this small space, standing elbow to elbow cooking at the same small stove, squeezing past each other on the narrow stairs, shaving in front of the same small bathroom mirror, constantly jogging, jostling, bumping against each other’s bodies by mistake or on purpose, sensually, aggressively, awkwardly, impatiently, in rage or in love – think what deep though invisible tracks they must leave, everywhere, behind them!” Christopher Isherwood's classic tale of love and loss.

The City and the Pillar
The City and the Pillar A Novel By Vidal, Gore Book - 1995 fiction VIDAL, GORE Available in some locations

Annotation:Gore Vidal’s 1948 novel about a young all-American boy who discovers his homosexuality was one of the first mainstream literary novels to deal with the taboo in such an unapologetic and thoughtful way.

The Picture of Dorian Gray
The Picture of Dorian Gray By Wilde, Oscar Book - 1992 fiction WILDE, OSCAR Available in some locations

Annotation:Written in Wilde's characteristically dazzling manner, full of stinging epigrams and shrewd observations, the tale of Dorian Gray's moral disintegration caused something of a scandal when it first appeared in 1890. Wilde was attacked for his decadence and corrupting influence, and a few years later the book and the aesthetic/moral dilemma it presented became issues in the trials occasioned by Wilde's homosexual liaisons, trials that resulted in his imprisonment.

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A list that celebrates Pride in fiction, including Stonewall Award winners and other works of fiction that explore love, gender, sex, identity, and a whole myriad of rich, compelling, challenging, and deeply human stories. For more suggestions, ask at your local branch of PPL.


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