10 Great LGBT Summer Reads
BY Diane Anderson-Minshall
May 26 2014 4:09 AM ET
The Nearness of Others by David Caron (University of Minnesota Press): The best two lines from this book help you understand what this autobiographical series of vignettes is all about: “Funny how a gay man’s hand resting heavily on your shoulders used to say let’s fuck but now means let’s not. Funny how ostensible nearness really betrays distance sometimes.” In Nearness, author David Caron borrows from French literature, academia, and American pop culture to craft an easily readable series of entries that recount his 2006 HIV diagnosis and the aftermath, weaving with it broader themes like war and terror, criminalization, and loneliness. It’s easily digestible whether you have 10 minutes or four hours to read. More information here.
Switchblade by Carson Taite (Bold Strokes Books): Dallas’s favorite lesbian bounty hunter, Luca Bennett, is back, with some girl trouble (from her on-again, off-again flame, police officer Jessica Chance), a new case, and some decisions that pit her against the local police force. Fans of romance will be appeased by Taite’s potential “gambling on love” narrative, but the those of us who find many lesfic romances a bit treacly will find enough intrigue and depth in this story that makes Taite, again, a worthy read. More information here.
The Water Rat of Wanchai by Ian Hamilton (Picador): One of the most fascinating crime series follows Ava Lee, a badass Chinese-Canadian lesbian forensic accountant, who is the heroine of the Ian Hamilton series that has jumped ship from Canada to the U.S., thanks to publisher Picador. And while it’s often hard to pick up a series midstream, this new release, The Water Rat of Wanchai, is the perfect choice to do so. While it’s the eighth book in the Ava Lee series, it’s actually a prequel to the others. The book goes back to the early days of Lee (a seductive cross between V.I. Warshawski and Lisbeth Salander), working for the mysterious businessman Uncle, tracking down 5 million missing dollars. And unlike a lot of American lesbian mysteries, the story is set around a great global journey that has the heroine visiting the British Virgin Islands, Seattle, Bangkok, Guyana, and Hong Kong in her search, even encountering Thai katoey (third gender) culture along the way. Great fun way to jump into the series. More information here.