Tag: lgbt

Life Shrinkage, The New Guy, Odette’s Appointment

Added on October 5, 2016

Life Shrinkage, The New Guy, Odette’s Appointment James P. Reynolds Crack the Spine Literary Journal, U.S.A. August 2012 Inner Voices, Outer Lives, New York, 2014 Having so far written over 300 posts about other people’s fiction, I am now going to showcase a little of my own.  Life Shrinkage, one of my flash fiction stories, [...]

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Brokeback Mountain

Added on August 9, 2016

Brokeback Mountain Annie Proulx Fourth Estate, U.K. 1998 This Fourth Estate edition came out in 1998, less than a year after the story first appeared in the New Yorker magazine. In 1999 it was included in Proulx’s short story collection Close Range – Wyoming Stories. Brokeback Mountainwon an O. Henry Award and a National Magazine [...]

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The Master

Added on June 1, 2015

The Master Colm Toibin Picador, U.K. 2004 Colm Toibin, one of Ireland’s greatest writers, one of the greatest gay writers anywhere, won many awards for this brilliant novel about five prolific years in the life of writer Henry James, including the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Lambda Literary Award, The Los Angeles Times Book [...]

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The Garden of Eden – Easton Press

Added on May 21, 2015

The Garden of Eden Ernest Hemingway Easton Press, U.S.A., 1990 Hemingway worked on this novel off and on for over fifteen years, while simultaneously publishing four other novels. It remained unpublished at the time of his death in 1961. According to Wikipedia, Scribner’s edited the unfinished manuscript heavily, cutting 18 chapters and 130,000 words, along [...]

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That Old Ace in the Hole

Added on April 7, 2015

That Old Ace in the Hole Annie Proulx Scribner, U.S.A. 2002 This is a true first edition of what could end up being Annie Proulx’s last novel. In essence, it is a very entertaining history of the doomed Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles. The main character’s uncle owns a thrift store and collects early plastics, like [...]

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You Are Not a Stranger Here

Added on February 14, 2015

You Are Not a Stranger Here Adam Haslett Nan A. Talese, U.S.A. 2002 This awesome collection of nine short stories by Yale law student Adam Haslett was a 2002 finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Check the copyright page to see in which magazines some of these stories were first [...]

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Necessary Errors

Added on December 22, 2014

Necessary Errors Caleb Crain Penguin, New York, 2013 Necessary Errors is Crain’s first work of fiction. It is set in Prague one year after Czechoslovakia’s Velvet Revolution. A young, gay Harvard graduate navigates a city undergoing a unique moment in cultural history. Having just come out in America, he feels uncomfortable, at first, opening up [...]

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The Snow Queen

Added on December 4, 2014

The Snow Queen Michael Cunningham Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, New York, 2014 The Snow Queen is perhaps Michael Cunningham’s most original and emotional book to date. It takes its title from the Hans Christian Anderson fable of the same name. It delves into the complex dynamic of a married couple and a brother living and [...]

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The Practical Heart

Added on November 7, 2014

The Practical Heart Allan Gurganus Alfred A. Knopf, U.S.A. 2001 Allan Gurganus studied with John Cheever at The University of Iowa and in the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. According to Wikipedia, Cheever mischievously sold one of Gurganus’ short stories to the New Yorker without telling him first. This collection of four novellas won the 2001 Lambda [...]

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The Sea

Added on September 15, 2014

The Sea John Banville Picador, London, 2005 The Sea is my favourite of John Banville’s many novels. After getting the shortlist down to just two novels, Banville’s The Sea won the 2005 Booker Prize against Kazuo Ishiguru’s Never Let Me Go. The only other time Banville made it to the Booker Prize shortlist was for [...]

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