Category LGBTQIA+

Memorial by Bryan Washington

In this slice-of-life novel, Benson, a Black daycare teacher, and Mike, a Japanese American chef working at a Mexican restaurant, are a gay couple living in Houston. They have been together for about four years now, but their relationship, as of late, seems like it’s closing in on its ending. Mike still cooks for Benson […]

The Hours by Michael Cunningham

It has been a while since I read Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, and I’m hazy on its details (+ my copy is back in Sri Lanka), so I don’t think I fully appreciated Michael Cunningham’s Pulitzer winning novel which pays homage to Woolf. The Hours (which, by the way, was Woolf’s working title for her […]

A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood

In this slim novel set in the 1960s, what we have is a day in the life of George Falconer. George, 58, is a transplant from England residing in sunny California. Over a year ago, when Jim, George’s partner of 16 years, suddenly passed away, it had left George’s life in shambles. This being the […]

The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker

This time around, the Women’s Prize for Fiction judges surprised readers by advancing both Circe and The Silence of the Girls into the shortlist. This decision disappointed many Women’s Prize for Fiction enthusiasts who didn’t expect to see two Greek mythology retellings among the final six novels. However, while I’m at peace with both their […]

Long Black Veil by Jennifer Finney Boylan

The day after Jon Casey and Wailer Curtin got married in 1980, the newlyweds decide to visit the abandoned ruins of Philadelphia’s Eastern State Penitentiary at night with four of their college friends; Rachel Steinberg, Maisie Lenfest, Tripper Pennypacker, and Quentin Pheaney. Benny, Masier’s brother, and Nathan Krystal, an old teacher also tag along with […]