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message 1: by Melissa (last edited Jun 05, 2017 08:10AM) (new)

Melissa Eisenmeier (carpelibrumbooks) | 344 comments Hi everyone,
I'm looking for LGBT historical fiction or non-fiction besides Sarah Waters and Lillian Faderman. I prefer small presses, but I'll take books from the Big 5, too.

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Jackie (thenightowl) | 2416 comments The only one that quickly comes to mind is The Song of Achilles.

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Abigail Bok (regency_reader) | 616 comments There are some classics by Mary Renault about Alexander the Great, Fire from Heavenand The Persian Boy. She also wrote a contemporary (in her day, but historical from our perspective) lesbian novel (published under various titles but the U.S. title that seems most common is The Middle Mist).

Have you looked at the backlist of Alyson Books? There might be some historical novels there.

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Emma | 33 comments As Meat loves Salt

message 5: by Shomeret (last edited Jun 05, 2017 10:51AM) (new)

Shomeret | 233 comments Two Spirits: A Story of Life with the Navajo is a gay historical novel that deals with the forced relocation of the Navajo to a reservation at Bosque Redondo in the 19th century. It's published by Lethe Press.

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Betsy (linwearcamenel) | 27 comments I strongly second the recommendation of The Song of Achilles . It's my all-time favorite book and I can't say enough good things about it.

Someone else above mentioned Mary Renault - she also wrote The Last of the Wine, about two young men studying under Socrates during the Peloponnesian War. I don't like her writing style but in terms of LGBT historical fiction all her works are classics.

I also liked Loving Eleanor, about the relationship between Eleanor Roosevelt and reporter Lorena Hickok.

Memoirs of Hadrian shows the relationship between Emperor Hadrian and his lover Antinous very well, although that is far from the only thing covered in the novel (Antinous died rather young).

Those are the ones I've personally read. I also have Marlene on my to-read list, and from the reviews it seems as if her bisexuality and her various relationships with both men and women are a big part of the book but I haven't read it myself yet.

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Elinor I have a super recommendation about three young Canadians, one of whom is gay, who live through World War Two. It won the People's Choice Award from the Alberta Library Association and has been on the Edmonton bestseller list dozens of times.

A Wake For The Dreamland by Laurel Deedrick-Mayne

message 9: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Eisenmeier (carpelibrumbooks) | 344 comments Thanks, everyone.

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C.C.Webb | 18 comments Correct me if I'm wrong but I think the Regeneration series by Pat Barker explores homosexuality during WWI. I'd have to go back and read them but I definitely remember it being present.

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Fiona Hurley (fiona_hurley) | 245 comments Equal of the Sun by Anita Amirrezvani

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Joseph  (bluemanticore) | 96 comments Just finished a great one: Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters. You might also like:
Silhouette of a Sparrow by Molly Beth Griffin

message 14: by Betsy (last edited Jul 21, 2017 08:30AM) (new)

Betsy (linwearcamenel) | 27 comments Oh, glad to see this thread starting up again. I've got a few new ones since last time.

Jam on the Vine by LaShonda Katrice Barnett about the first female-founded African-American newspaper in the 1910s, which was founded by Ivoe Williams and her former teacher/lover, Ona.

Revolutionary by Alex Myers about Deborah Sampson, who fought in the American Revolution as a man (written by a trans author, so that is the angle the book takes. According to the author's website, Deborah Sampson is also a distant ancestor).

The Republic of Vengeance by Paul Waters, about a young Roman man during the Punic Wars of the 3rd century BCE who meets and falls in love with a Greek athlete.

The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov by Paul Russell, about the brother of Vladimir Nabokov. Sergey Nabokov was gay and spent a lot of time in Paris with the Lost Generation (Gertrude Stein and Alice Toklas make appearances). His life did end in a concentration camp if that was something anyone wanted to avoid, but it sounds interesting.

message 15: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Eisenmeier (carpelibrumbooks) | 344 comments Thanks, guys. Some of those books sound really interesting.

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Linda Bridges (lindajoyb) | 728 comments Christopher wrote: "There are literally hundreds of GlBTQ historical novels. Just look at Dreamspinner and Harmony Ink Press to see lots, but if you go to Amazon .com and search for "hay historical novels" or "lesbian..."

This is fascinating! I absolutely plan to check all these suggestions out!

message 17: by Elinor (new)

Elinor I may have recommended this one before, but A Wake For The Dreamland is a very interesting account of three friends in World War Two, one of whom is a gay soldier in the Canadian Army. It has won Reader's Choice awards and I really enjoyed it.

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Aurora | 63 comments There is a book by alison Richman titled The Mask Carver's Son by Alyson Richman which has a homosexual japanese male character

message 19: by Nancy from NJ (new)

Katz Nancy from NJ (nancyk18) I read Another Country many years ago but it definitely relevant today.

message 20: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Walker (jkwalkerauthor) My 2nd novel Truly Are the Free Truly Are the Free by Jeffrey K Walker has a substantial subplot that revolves around emerging fluid notions of sexuality in avant-garde Paris after WWI. Two important supporting characters who live with the female main are LGBTQ, both of whom haven fallen in with the Dadaists.

Believe this complies with the site rules on recommending one's own work? (If not, delete away moderators and sorry.)

message 21: by Gary (last edited Jun 11, 2018 10:50AM) (new)

Gary Inbinder | 160 comments I wrote a novel about a lesbian artist in late 19th century Europe.
"The Flower to the Painter" The character also appears in my first Inspector Lefebvre mystery, "The Devil in Montmare."

The Flower to the Painter by Gary Inbinder

The Devil in Montmartre A Mystery in Fin de Siècle Paris (Inspector Lefebvre #1) by Gary Inbinder

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Becky (beckyofthe19and9) | 3617 comments Mod
Jeffrey wrote: "My 2nd novel Truly Are the Free Truly Are the Free by Jeffrey K Walker has a substantial subplot that revolves around emerging fluid notions of sexuality in avant-garde Paris after..."

Yeah, I would say that it is specifically relevant enough to be allowed. :)

message 23: by Nancy from NJ (new)

Katz Nancy from NJ (nancyk18) The author of Another Country was James Baldwin.

message 24: by Allison (new)

Allison | 10 comments Valancourt Books has been reprinting vintage/19th century books with LGBT themes :)

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Betsy (linwearcamenel) | 27 comments I've found more! These are, again, books I haven't actually read yet so I don't know how good they are, but they are all historical fiction books about LGBTQ+ people.

The World Unseen about two South Asian women who fall in love in 1950s South Africa

Under the Udala Trees, set in 1960s Nigeria

Bittersweet, two women in 19th century Nevada

Undiscovered Country, about Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok again

Patience & Sarah, two women in 19th century New England

Dancer, about Rudolf Nureyev

Who Is Vera Kelly? a spy novel in 1950s USA and 1960s Argentina

Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 - based on the true story of a Nazi collaborator and her lover in 1930s Paris

Never Anyone But You 1930s Paris, again

The Last Nude artists in Jazz Age Paris

Jazz Moon musicians in Jazz Age Paris

The Miniaturist a bi artist in Mughal India

Confessions of the Fox, reimagines the life of a thief in early eighteenth century London

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Calvin Cherry | 16 comments I recommend The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff.
The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff

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Shannon | 31 comments This is YA but it might be what you're looking for: The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

message 28: by Nancy from NJ (new)

Katz Nancy from NJ (nancyk18) The definitive study of the beginning of the AIDS crises is discussed in And The Band Played On.

message 29: by Book Concierge (last edited Apr 11, 2019 06:53PM) (new)

Book Concierge (tessabookconcierge) Days Without End by Sebastian Barry Days Without End by Sebastian Barry

Gay couple in mid 19th century America.
My review HERE


Maurice by E.M. Forster Maurice by E.M. Forster

Set in early 20th century, and written between 1913-1914, but not published until 1971, a year after the author's death. The novel caused a sensation when published, not because of the subject matter, but because Forster dared to write a "happy ending" for his character.

My Review HERE

message 30: by Bryn (last edited Aug 18, 2018 03:46AM) (new)

Bryn Hammond (brynhammond) | 286 comments I recently read Rughum & Najda by Samar Habib. Probably a unique look in fiction at lesbian communities in 9th century Baghdad and Morocco, written by a historian of same. Independently published by her.

My review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

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Bryn Hammond (brynhammond) | 286 comments Other independently published:

A series set in 12th century China, beginning with The Academician.

Jalendu in Mughal India.

My Mongol series beginning Against Walls

message 32: by Laura (new)

Laura | 2 comments The Hearts Invisible Furies - a story about a gay Irish man born at the end of World War II and it goes through present day.


message 33: by Fiona (new)

Fiona Hurley (fiona_hurley) | 245 comments Fionn: Defence of Ráth Bládhma by Brian O'Sullivan, set in ancient Ireland, stars a kick-ass lesbian couple (one is a druidess and the other a warrior).

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C.P. Lesley (cplesley) | 688 comments The Huntress by Kate Quinn includes a lesbian relationship that is important to the plot.

My own The Winged Horse includes a homosexual character who is important to the story, although I wouldn't claim that element of his character plays a significant role.

In The Ventriloquists by E.R. Ramzipoor, which won't be out until August, the characters' homosexuality is a vital part of the story, setting it apart from the many other WWII novels put out in the last couple of years.

I'm sure I can find others, but those are the three that occur to me so far.

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