Books similar to The Spell

The Spell
3.56 avg. rating
· 1644 Ratings
Here are the interlocking affairs of four men: Robin Woodfield, an architect in his late forties trying to build an idyllic life in Dorset with his young lover, Justin, a would-be actor increasingly d…
Rate it:
Goodreads members who liked this book also liked:
Dancer from the Dance
4.00 avg. rating
· 5816 Ratings
One of the most important works of gay literature, this haunting, brilliant novel is a seriocomic remembrance of things past -- and still poignantly present. It depicts the adventures of Malone, a bea…
Rate it:
Faggots
3.67 avg. rating
· 2608 Ratings
Larry Kramer's Faggots has been in print since its original publication in 1978 and has become one of the best-selling novels about gay life ever written. The book is a fierce satire of the gay ghetto…
Rate it:
A Boy's Own Story (The Edmund Trilogy, #1)
Originally published in 1982 as the first of Edmund White's trilogy of autobiographical novels, A Boy's Own Story became an instant classic for its pioneering portrayal of homosexuality. The book's un…
Rate it:
A Single Man
4.11 avg. rating
· 19594 Ratings
"When A Single Man was originally published, it shocked many by its frank, sympathetic, and moving portrayal of a gay man in midlife. George, the protagonist, is adjusting to life on his own after the…
Rate it:
What Belongs to You
3.78 avg. rating
· 7961 Ratings
On an unseasonably warm autumn day, an American teacher enters a public bathroom beneath Sofia’s National Palace of Culture. There he meets Mitko, a charismatic young hustler, and pays him for sex. He…
Rate it:
Maurice
4.04 avg. rating
· 26120 Ratings
Maurice is heartbroken over unrequited love, which opened his heart and mind to his own sexual identity. In order to be true to himself, he goes against the grain of society’s often unspoken rules of …
Rate it:
Swimming in the Dark
4.23 avg. rating
· 4786 Ratings
Set in early 1980s Poland against the violent decline of communism, a tender and passionate story of first love between two young men who eventually find themselves on opposite sides of the political …
Rate it:
Edinburgh
4.18 avg. rating
· 2404 Ratings
Twelve-year-old Fee is a gifted Korean-American soprano in a boys' choir in Maine whose choir director reveals himself to be a serial pedophile. Fee and his friends are forced to bear grief, shame, an…
Rate it:
The Lost Language of Cranes
3.98 avg. rating
· 5141 Ratings
David Leavitt's extraordinary first novel, now reissued in paperback, is a seminal work about family, sexual identity, home, and loss.

Set in the 1980s against the backdrop of a swiftly gentrifying Ma…
Rate it:
Fen
3.62 avg. rating
· 2170 Ratings
Daisy Johnson’s Fen is a liminal land. Real people live their lives here. They wrestle with familiar instincts, with sex and desire, with everyday routine. But the wild is always close at hand, ready …
Rate it:
London Triptych
3.85 avg. rating
· 642 Ratings
Jack Rose begins his apprenticeship as a rent boy with Alfred Taylor in the 1890s, and finds a life of pleasure and excess leads him to new friendships — most notably with the soon-to-be infamous Osca…
Rate it:
The City and the Pillar
3.87 avg. rating
· 6564 Ratings
A literary cause célèbre when first published more than fifty years ago, Gore Vidal's now-classic The City and the Pillar stands as a landmark novel of the gay experience.

Jim, a handsome, all-American…
Rate it:
New Boy
3.43 avg. rating
· 375 Ratings
NEW BOY is a dark modern comedy about the hormonal angst of a Jewish lad growing up in north-west London's bagel belt. "Sutcliffe has managed to pull off a worthy British companion to Portnoy's Compla…
Rate it:
The Naked Civil Servant
4.06 avg. rating
· 1898 Ratings
A comical and poignant memoir of a gay man living life as he pleased in the 1930s

In 1931, gay liberation was not a movement—it was simply unthinkable. But in that year, Quentin Crisp made the courageo…
Rate it:
Cry to Heaven
3.85 avg. rating
· 18644 Ratings
Anne Rice brings to life the exquisite and otherworldly society of the eighteenth-century castrati, the delicate and alluring male sopranos whose graceful bodies and glorious voices brought them the a…
Rate it:
I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are
4.03 avg. rating
· 6956 Ratings
In the vein of Mindy Kaling, Ali Wong, and Amy Poehler, a collection of hilarious personal essays, poems and even amusement park maps on the subjects of insecurity, fame, anxiety, and much more from t…
Rate it:
de Raptu Prosperpinae
3.50 avg. rating
· 8 Ratings
Claudian was one of the last great Latin poets of the classical tradition, writing in the fourth century A.D. This simplified text of his poem, De Raptu Prosperpinae, has a facing-page translation to …
Rate it:
The Orphic Hymns
4.45 avg. rating
· 75 Ratings
At the very beginnings of the Archaic Age, the great singer Orpheus taught a new religion that centered around the immortality of the human soul and its journey after death. He felt that achieving pur…
Rate it:
Edgar and Lucy
3.89 avg. rating
· 3574 Ratings
"I love this book." —Lena Dunham

Edgar and Lucy is a page-turning literary masterpiece—a stunning examination of family love and betrayal.

Eight-year-old Edgar Fini remembers nothing of the accident …
Rate it:
Dear Mr. You
3.79 avg. rating
· 5825 Ratings
A wonderfully unconventional literary debut from the award-winning actress Mary-Louise Parker.

An extraordinary literary work, Dear Mr. You renders the singular arc of a woman’s life through letters Ma…
Rate it:
Cemitério de Pianos
3.91 avg. rating
· 1516 Ratings
Cemitério de Pianos é o quarto romance de José Luís Peixoto. Os narradores, pai e filho, desvendam a história da família, que vive em Lisboa, e falam da morte: a morte como destino irremediável, ciclo…
Rate it:
Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep
Like many of us, journalist David K. Randall never gave sleep much thought. That is, until he began sleepwalking. One midnight crash into a hallway wall sent him on an investigation into the strange s…
Rate it:
The Shining Pyramid
3.56 avg. rating
· 178 Ratings
This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is…
Rate it:
The White People
3.84 avg. rating
· 503 Ratings
It was winter time, and there were black terrible woods hanging from the hills all round; it was like seeing a large room hung with black curtains, and the shape of the trees seemed quite different fr…
Rate it:
Theogony
3.75 avg. rating
· 2637 Ratings
This translation contains an introduction, commentary and interpretive essay and well as numerous notes and annotations to provide the history and background of the epic, and the mythological context …
Rate it:
Clouds
3.83 avg. rating
· 6137 Ratings
This new paperback edition of Aristophanes' popular play includes the complete Greek text and extensive notes and commentary. Dover examines the two versions of the play, recounts the history of the t…
Rate it:
The Goddess of Buttercups & Daisies
3.70 avg. rating
· 232 Ratings
Aristophanes is inconsolable—his rival playwrights are hogging all the local attention, a pesky young wannabe poet won’t leave him alone, his actors can’t remember their lines, and his own festival sp…
Rate it:
The Veil of Isis, or Mysteries of the Druids
Masterfully reconstructs the great history, myths, and theology of the ancient Druids and illuminates the early religions that spawned them.
Rate it:
The Bowmen and Other Legends of the War (The Angels of Mons)
Classic horror writer Arthur Machen's tales of the supernatural impinging on the lives of English soldiers in World War I. Includes an introduction and postscript by the author about the phenomenon he…
Rate it:
At Swim, Two Boys
4.08 avg. rating
· 7507 Ratings
Praised as “a work of wild, vaulting ambition and achievement” by Entertainment Weekly, Jamie O’Neill’s first novel invites comparison to such literary greats as James Joyce, Samuel Beckett and Charle…
Rate it: