Seattle Picks: LGBTQ
Annotation:In the past, Jill played second fiddle to Carolyn’s operatic career. Now that Carolyn is back in town as the city opera’s artistic director, will Jill take another shot at love?
Annotation:A collection of connected short stories set in San Francisco and North Carolina candidly explores the vagaries of love and identity under pressure.
Annotation:Walter, a successful New York book editor, husband and father of two, has a clandestine affair with his chauffeur Barry, which doesn’t stay a secret for long against a McCarthy-era backdrop of paranoia and homophobia.
Annotation:Award-winning author Boyne tells the tragic and poignant story of young World War I soldier Tristan Sadler and his intense relationship with fellow soldier and conscientious objector, Will Bancroft.
Annotation:Powerful short stories and vignettes from 28 modern writers form a literary collage portraying the efforts, emotional struggles and societal assaults on transgender people and their self-image.
Annotation:After being kicked out of a boarding school following his best friend’s suicide, Jason Prosper transfers to a new institution where his sexual identity and self-confidence are once again put to the test.
Annotation:When Jimmy dies of an AIDS-related illness, Seamus takes his ashes on a road trip through the American West to assuage his grief and heal his heart.
Annotation:Through the eyes of his much older self, Jimmy Abbott portrays his bisexual coming of age—his high school crushes, the 1980s AIDS crisis and the sexual secrets that bind or separate him from others.
Annotation:Joint custody of a 15-year-old is a bittersweet pill to swallow for all concerned when teenager Wesley goes to live and bond with his father and his father’s male partner.
Annotation:In an inspirational novel about being gay and enduring the race of one’s life, Liam Walker joins a running team, pushing himself to compete in the New York City Marathon.
Annotation:Determined to beat her addictions and remake her image, Theo drives cross-country from San Francisco to New York City in this novel of hope and temptation.
Annotation:Long-term couple Pat and Stu leave their fast-paced, swinging life in Manhattan to start a family using a surrogate mother and artificial insemination, a decision that ultimately tests the limits of their relationship.
Annotation:Cole Peters rejects her strict military upbringing and surprises herself by falling in love with her best girlfriend in this tender and moving coming-of-age and coming-out story.
Annotation:Catholic policeman Duffy is chasing a serial killer targeting gay men in this fast-paced, gritty, action-packed tale set in the chaos of 1980s Northern Ireland on the verge of war. Book one of a trilogy.
Annotation:As a child Joshua Bland was a prodigy whose exploitation set him on a self-destructive path. Now suicidal, he records the story of his life in this heart-wrenching reprint of a 1961 classic.
Annotation:Wedding planner Adam and his partner Steven decide to boycott weddings since they cannot legally marry, but must re-think this stance when their respective brother and sister fall in love and announce their own nuptials.
Annotation:Tough decisions about having children are explored in parallel stories of two couples—one lesbian, one straight—who reach out to each other and form an unusual arrangement.
Annotation:Transgender singer-songwriter Rae Spoon’s moving autobiographical novel about coming of age in rural Canada and standing up for the right to be oneself is a paean to courage and sheer determination.
Annotation:When high school senior Robert Westfall’s father is diagnosed with terminal cancer he has nowhere to turn for support—until he finds solace in a deepening, and risky, relationship with his math teacher, Andrew.
Annotation:National Book Critics Circle award winner White traces the complex journey of Jack Holmes and Will Wright through a decades-long friendship complicated by unrequited love, adultery, and, eventually, AIDS.
Annotation:In this absorbing tale of self-discovery, public defender Rachel Stein’s life is changed by her involvement in the legal case of a battered woman who killed her husband.