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Books, Boys (Girls), & Breakdowns: Queerty’s Tres (Quasi) Gay Summer Reading List

Before I became a writer, I was a reader. In my heart, I’m still reader, except now I read less for pleasure than for writing technique. This shift began during the multiple rewrites of my first novel, hidden. I found myself gravitating towards – or, discovering – books that featured similar scenarios people on-the-run (Dalia Sofer’s The Septembers of Shiraz), people living underground (Eat the Document by Dana Spiotta), or that were written in first person (E.R. Frank’s America, and Patricia McCormick’s Cut).The idea of a being a published novelist or, having written a first novel is great. Except now I need to write a second one. Summer’s a good time for beginnings, and I’m in the process of learning what it’s like to start working on a new novel. In that spirit, I recently picked up The Virgin Suicides (the Jeffrey Eugenides novel about five suicidal sisters). Curious to know if there were other novels written in the (little used) first person plural (basically, “we”), I found In The Gloaming: Stories (Alice Elliott Dark), a short story collection featuring “Watch The Animals,” and promptly ordered it from Book Soup, my favorite indie book seller. A copy arrived two days ago, and it was everything I wanted – lapidary prose.This is all in the way of announcing my summer fav reading list. Below, Queerty rounded up some great summer book reads. Yes, it’s pretty random (and subjective), but I believe this is as good a guide to queer books as any.