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Best Gay Stories 2012

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The many stories featured in this volume of Best Gay Stories focus on what we, as gay men have in common, what underlies and nourishes the roots of all that fabulous diversity. Stories about our shared experience of those oh-so troubling and conflicted pleasures: desire, longing and love. This is not in itself all that remarkable given one is a gay man fundamentally becaus ...more
Paperback, 204 pages
Published September 8th 2012 by Lethe Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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May 01, 2016 Jack rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a break from intense engagement with TUCK EVERLASTING, a young-adult title and now musical, I thought I would er-engage with queer lit for a bit. The collection, as is inevitable, is all over the map. Many are more sketch than full story. Most filter their experience through the unique prism of being gay, but that scarcely unites their variety. Few are just about sex, or even sexual identity.

My favorites are about transformation of identity, or glimpses into the identity of others. The sadde
Sep 08, 2013 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't remember ever reading an anthology in which I liked all of the stories. I can't remember an anthology in which I could not easily pick out a favorite. This collection is superb. Peter Dube has done a great job in selecting genuinely fresh material. What I particularly liked is that these stories feature dozens and dozens of clever word phrasings and beautifully structured sentences. This book was a joy to read.
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My short story group read this volume and were somewhat disappointed with it.
Oct 08, 2012 Anthony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My review of Best Gay Stories 2012 should appear in the next issue of Chelsea Station.
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"Sugar Rush" is the most beautiful, touching, romantic story I've ever read. x)
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