Here are the best LGBTQ books to read in the summer of 2022 / LGBTQ Nation
By this point in the summer, you may have already finished a beach read or two. Which means you’re probably looking for the next book to dive into.
2022 has seen many notable LGBTQ books released so far. These are just a few choices to keep reading this summer.
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Let’s not do this againGrant Ginder
A driven senatorial candidate is forced to clean up the lives of her two adult children: one a floundering musical theater writer, the other…newly involved with radical protesters in Paris. This intelligent and funny novel by the author of People we hate at marriage has been described as Veep meets The two others– and it’s honestly hard to imagine a better recommendation than that!
We do what we do in the darkmichelle hart
Mallory, a college freshman mourning the recent death of her mother, becomes fascinated by a much older married professor. The two women begin an affair that turns Mallory’s world upside down. Drawing comparisons to Sally Rooney, if you’re looking for a summertime romance with a hint of melancholy, look no further than Michelle Hart’s debut novel.
GreenlandDavid Santos Donaldson
EM Forester has had a hell of a time in recent years. There was the acclaimed television adaptation of Howard’s end with Hayley Atwell. Then Matthew Lopez gave the novel and its author a contemporary twist in his play The legacy. Now, in David Santos Donaldson’s debut novel, gay black British author Kip struggles to finish his own novel about Forster’s secret affair with a young Egyptian tram driver, Mohammed, in the early 20th century. Exacerbated by his self-imposed isolation, Kip’s connection to Mohammed begins to bleed into his real life in this gripping start.
Yerba BuenaNina LaCour
Flowers, cocktails, romance, what more do you want from a summer book? Young adult author Nina LaCour’s first work of adult fiction is about two young women, talented mixologist Sara and flower arranger Emilie, who meet and fall in love. But as they begin to build a life together, their painful past catches up with them. This sensual novel asks if love can overcome all that has come before it.
The kingdom of sandAndrew Holleran
As melancholic as a summer Sunday at sunset at 8:45 p.m., Andrew Holleran’s beautiful new novel is a study in solitude. The unnamed gay narrator, stranded in a small Florida town after his mother’s death, drifts away, observing the daily aspects of his quiet, solitary life.
There is also his friendship with a much older gay man named Earl, who is failing in health. But the strength of this novel lies in its unflinching examination of a solitary life.