20 Must-Read Books We Missed Last Year

So many books, so little time. But these little LGBT-penned miracles — which run the gamut from crime and mystery to coming out, religion, politics, sex, the Mafia, and identity — belong on summer reading lists.

BY Clea Kim and Diane Anderson-Minshall

May 13 2013 5:00 AM ET

Broken Like This by Monica Transandes (St. Martin's Press, $24.99)

The first novel from GLAAD's director of Spanish language media, Monica Transandes, offers a tender and languid look at love, loneliness, and transformation. Beautifully done.

 

The City of Devi by Manil Suri (W.W. Norton & Company, $26.95)

The author of best-selling novel The Death of Vishnu and The Age of Shiva returns with a new novel, The City of Devi. The city of Mumbai is evacuating under the threat of nuclear obliteration, and Sarita, a 33-year-old statistician, can only think of being reunited with her physicist husband, Karun. In her journey to find him, Sarita must go through a near-abandoned city, facing Hindu and Muslim gangs. With her is Jaz, a Muslim whose true religion is sex with other men. Meanwhile, the goddess Devi ma has appeared on a beach to save her city.  Sarita’s journey leads her to this beach, thrusting her into a life-altering trinity. This powerful novel combines politics, religion, sex, and India’s global emergence. 

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