Best Gay Fiction
This is a list for gay fiction. Please do not rate or add memoirs, biographies, etc.
1 Maurice
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 11,949 ratings
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2 Brokeback Mountain
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 14,267 ratings
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3 The Picture of Dorian Gray
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 396,446 ratings
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4 Giovanni's Room
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 15,210 ratings
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5 Tales of the City (Tales of...
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 19,178 ratings
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6 Call Me by Your Name
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 5,249 ratings
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7 The Hours
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 77,820 ratings
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8 At Swim, Two Boys
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 4,273 ratings
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9 A Single Man
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 11,053 ratings
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10 Angels in America:  A Gay F...
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 7,396 ratings
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11 A Home at the End of the World
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 10,614 ratings
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12 Middlesex
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 385,906 ratings
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13 The Persian Boy (Alexander ...
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 4,073 ratings
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14 The Charioteer
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 1,987 ratings
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15 The Line of Beauty
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 12,623 ratings
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16 The Perks of Being a Wallfl...
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 557,017 ratings
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17 As Meat Loves Salt
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 2,227 ratings
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18 The Amazing Adventures of K...
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 115,613 ratings
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19 Brideshead Revisited
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 52,001 ratings
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20 Mysterious Skin
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 5,356 ratings
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21 Tipping the Velvet
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 28,330 ratings
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22 A Boy's Own Story
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 3,803 ratings
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23 The Song of Achilles
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 18,856 ratings
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24 The Swimming-Pool Library
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 4,177 ratings
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25 Dream Boy
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 2,563 ratings
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26 Death in Venice and Other T...
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 9,546 ratings
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27 Will Grayson, Will Grayson
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 126,843 ratings
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28 Luck in the Shadows (Nightr...
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 8,628 ratings
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29 Hero
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 9,408 ratings
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30 The Lost Language of Cranes
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 3,225 ratings
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31 Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 25,681 ratings
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32 A Density of Souls
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 5,845 ratings
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33 Dancer from the Dance
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 2,597 ratings
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34 The City and the Pillar
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 3,198 ratings
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35 More Tales of the City (Tal...
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 8,579 ratings
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36 Fried Green Tomatoes at the...
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 146,819 ratings
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37 The Front Runner (Harlan's ...
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 2,935 ratings
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38 Tigers and Devils (Tigers a...
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 4,704 ratings
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39 Another Country
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 5,697 ratings
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40 Swordspoint (Riverside, #1)
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 4,786 ratings
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41 Fingersmith
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 30,377 ratings
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42 The Left Hand of Darkness (...
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 40,477 ratings
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43 Memoirs of Hadrian
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 6,095 ratings
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44 Faith & Fidelity (Faith, Lo...
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 5,646 ratings
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45 The Talented Mr. Ripley (Ri...
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 22,436 ratings
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46 Rubyfruit Jungle
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 17,103 ratings
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47 Comfort and Joy
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 782 ratings
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48 Zero at the Bone (Zero at t...
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 6,122 ratings
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49 The Dark Tide (Adrien Engli...
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4.48 of 5 stars 4.48 avg rating — 3,531 ratings
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50 Further Tales of the City (...
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 7,198 ratings
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51 Boy Meets Boy
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 27,631 ratings
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52 Written on the Body
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 14,260 ratings
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53 Almost Like Being in Love
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 2,148 ratings
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54 Turning 16 (Turning 16, #1)
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 249 ratings
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55 The Rules of Attraction
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 24,405 ratings
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56 Our Lady of the Flowers
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 2,784 ratings
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57 The Catch Trap
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 1,154 ratings
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58 Magic's Pawn (Valdemar: Las...
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 14,814 ratings
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59 Adrien English Mysteries: F...
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60 The Last of the Wine
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 2,190 ratings
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61 The Beautiful Room is Empty
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 1,457 ratings
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62 The Hell You Say (Adrien En...
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 3,284 ratings
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63 Flesh And Blood
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 3,150 ratings
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64 Death of a Pirate King (Adr...
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4.41 of 5 stars 4.41 avg rating — 3,353 ratings
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65 Like People in History
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 940 ratings
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66 Leave Myself Behind
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 1,271 ratings
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67 The Brothers Bishop
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 802 ratings
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68 Cut & Run (Cut & Run, #1)
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 10,328 ratings
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69 Brethren (Raised by Wolves,...
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 511 ratings
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70 Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 38,416 ratings
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71 Cry to Heaven
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 14,807 ratings
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72 Other Voices, Other Rooms
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 7,040 ratings
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73 The Night Listener
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3.58 of 5 stars 3.58 avg rating — 3,530 ratings
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74 The Vintner's Luck (Vintner...
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 1,644 ratings
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75 Shades of Gray
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 3,643 ratings
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76 Always
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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 1,843 ratings
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77 Texas Pride
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 2,221 ratings
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78 The Coming Storm
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 735 ratings
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79 Stalking Darkness (Nightrun...
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 6,506 ratings
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80 Bent
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 1,255 ratings
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81 The Immoralist
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 4,746 ratings
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82 Someday This Pain Will Be U...
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 6,194 ratings
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83 The God Eaters
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 1,560 ratings
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84 City of Night
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 1,715 ratings
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85 The Blackwater Lightship
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 2,437 ratings
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86 Myra Breckinridge
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3.49 of 5 stars 3.49 avg rating — 2,515 ratings
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87 Traitor's Moon (Nightrunner...
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 5,037 ratings
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88 Special Forces (Special For...
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89 Drawing Blood
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 5,882 ratings
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90 Faggots
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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 1,420 ratings
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91 The World of Normal Boys
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 1,415 ratings
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92 Querelle
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 1,143 ratings
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93 Barrel Fever
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 37,714 ratings
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94 The Story of the Night
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 1,057 ratings
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95 While England Sleeps
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 868 ratings
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96 Babycakes (Tales of the Cit...
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97 The Color Purple
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 292,585 ratings
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98 Stone Butch Blues
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 9,988 ratings
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99 The Road to London
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4.8 of 5 stars 4.80 avg rating — 46 ratings
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100 Now and Then
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 200 ratings
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951 books · 1,233 voters · list created July 29th, 2008 by Charlie (votes) .
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Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) Aimée & Jaguar is a great book, but it's actually a memoir, not fiction ...


message 2: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Fun Home by Alison Bechdel is a memoir too.


message 3: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl As is Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir by Paul Monette.


message 4: by Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) (last edited Aug 25, 2010 01:06AM) (new)

Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) And so are "Running With Scissors" and "Dry!"


message 5: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl I removed all five.


message 6: by Nicholas (new)

Nicholas Skin Lane be Neil Bartlett is also pretty amazing, it's dark and clever and impossible to put down!


message 7: by Brad (new)

Brad Some of the Mishima novels here have no gay content whatsoever (Spring Snow, Temple of the Golden Pavilion). Is this "gay novels" or "novels written by potentially gay men/women"?


message 8: by Dasha (last edited Sep 20, 2012 08:26PM) (new)

Dasha Drie Christ... If Brokeback Mountain is the ONE AND ONLY gay-themed book you know it doesn't mean that it's the best one and you should vote for it. This list is ridiculous because you can see only the books that influenced Hollywood film directors. But it' s supposed to be about BOOKS, not movies, folks. And judging by some of these allegedly gay books most of the voters have no idea what the term "gay fiction" means (The Picture of Dorian Gray is gay fiction? Really?). The only outstanding example of gay literature in the upper part of this list is Maurice, so I vote for it.


Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) Deleted Tennessee Williams's Memoirs. Undoubtedly a great book, but not fiction.


message 10: by Mark (new)

Mark Yes Brad. I was puzzled by the non-gay Yukio Mishima novels too. Mishima was probably gay but that doesn't mean everything he wrote was gay fiction. Even his books like "Forbidden Colours" or "Confessions of a Mask" that have gay characters I didn't vote for even though I thought they were very good. They don't fit my idea of gay fiction.

I don't mind Brokeback mountain being close to the top. Although one case where the movie is better than the book I think. Not hard since the story is only 30-40 pages but what a beautiful movie.


message 11: by Anna (new)

Anna  Matsuyama Who was gay in Stieg Larsson's Millennium series?


message 12: by Charlie (new)

Charlie Lisbeth is bisexual.


message 13: by Anna (new)

Anna  Matsuyama Charlie wrote: "Lisbeth is bisexual."

Oh...that escaped my notice. :)


message 14: by Hania (new)

Hania Sagan I'm so disappointed at the absence of "With or Without You by Brian Farrey. It's a great read.


Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) Hania wrote: "I'm so disappointed at the absence of "With or Without You by Brian Farrey. It's a great read."

Everybody can add books to listopia lists, Hania -- there's a tab up top next to "all votes".


message 16: by David (new)

David Edmund White's "The Farewell Symphony"


Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) David wrote: "Edmund White's "The Farewell Symphony""

Everybody can add books to this list, David -- there's a tab up top next to "all votes."


message 18: by Alex (new)

Alex Hamilton Necessary Errors by Caleb Crain is a great new novel about a young American man who moves to Prague in the early 1990s. See my review here: http://myshelfspace.wordpress.com/201....


message 19: by A (last edited Feb 15, 2014 07:15AM) (new)

A Whole My favourite is The Road to London. I read it a month ago and I'm still thinking about it. It changed me. I read rumours it's going for the Booker Prize and it does not surprise me. It's so new, so dense....

But I've voted for about 10 books because there are many good ones on this list!


message 20: by Thomas Grant (new)

Thomas Grant Bruso "Comfort & Joy" by Jim Grimsley is a must-read. A tragic yet beautiful story.


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