June is LGBTQI Book Month and OPL has many new fiction titles for you to check out. Set in locations throughout the world, these books feature characters in various stages of life. From coming out stories to the expatriate experience, the novels listed below represent a range of LGBTQI experiences in Beijing, Nigeria, New Delhi, London, Appalachia, Hawaii, and beyond.
Beijing comrades / by Bei Tong ; translated by Scott E. Myers
This is the story of a tumultous love affair set against the sociopolitical unrest of late-eighties China. This heartbreaking novel, originally published anonymously on an underground gay website within mainland China, quickly developed a cult following and remains a central work of queer literature from the People's Republic of China.
The rope swing : stories / Jonathan Corcoran
These are the stories of outsiders--the down and out. What happens to the young boy whose burgeoning sexuality pushes him to the edge of the forest to explore what might be love with another boy? What happens when one lost soul finally makes it to New York City, yet the reminders of his past life are omnipresent? The characters in this collection -- gay and straight alike--yearn for that which seems so close but impossibly far, the world over the jagged peaks of the mountains.
For Sizakele / Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene
Taylor, a queer Nigerian college student, is in a passionate relationship with Lee, a Black American basketball-playing pianist. When Taylor develops romantic feelings for Sly, a Cameroonian photographer whose similarities make them instant family, Taylor battles Lee's jealousy. The novel addresses transcontinental identity, intimate partner violence, queer gender and how we love.
Guapa / by Saleem Haddad
Set over the course of twenty-four hours, this novel follows Rasa, a gay man living in an unnamed Arab country, as he tries to carve out a life for himself in the midst of political and social upheaval.
Heart of the liliko'i / by Dena Hankins
Human remains tangled in lilikoi roots bring authorities to Kerala's construction site. Native Hawaiins say the passion fruit vine marks an ancient burial ground protected by guardian spirits, the 'aumakua. But there aren't ancestral bones. The fractured skull points to murder. Secrets, sabotage, and indigenous sovereignty campaigns hinder the project Kerala leads: building an eco-dream vacation home for Ravi, CEO of a solar power company. Proud to be a tough dyke in the trades, Kerala can't believe she's so hot for the masculine genderqueer scientist. As the lovers pursue justice for Hawaii and its people, Ravi turns his gift for harnessing the sun's strength toward cultivating his own power, and Kerala wonders if building deep, lasting love could be even more satisfying than conscructing a home to last the ages.
Chelsea girls / Eileen Myles
Available once again for a new generation of readers, this candid coming-of-age novel from one of America's most celebrated poets, is considered a cult classic. Told in her audacious voice, made vivid and immediate in her lyrical language, the novel cobbles together memories of Myles' 1960s Catholic upbringing with an alcoholic father, her volatile adolescence, her unabashed "lesbianity," and her rioutous pursuit of survival as a poet in 1970s New York.
Under the udala trees / Chinelo Okparanta
Ijeoma comes of age as her nation does; born before independence, she is eleven when civil war breaks out in the young republic of Nigeria. Sent away to safety, she meets another displaced child and they, star-crossed, fall in love. They are from different ethnic communities. They are also both girls. When their love is discovered, Ijeoma learns that she will have to hide this part of herself. But there is a cost to living inside a lie.
Seahorse : a novel / Janice Pariat
The seahorse is the only creature where the male is responsible for reproduction. Male seahorses bear their burdens, as does our protagonist Nem, a hero driven by his decades-long love for Nicholas, whom he met at a university in 1990s Delhi. Nem was not like his classmates, crowding around a TV set to watch music videos. Instead, he opted for lonely walks around ruins. On one of these occasions he spied Nicholas, an enigmatic young professor from London, in the park with another male student. Nem seduces the much sought-after professor. It is in the wake of this brief but steamy affair, when Nicholas returns to London and Nem tries to continue with his life, that the story truly begins.
Black Deutschland / Darryl Pinckney
Jed--young, gay, black, out of rehab and out of prospects in his hometown of Chicago--flees to the city of his fantasies, a museum of modernism and decadence: Berlin. The paradise that tyranny created, the subsidized city isolated behind the Berlin Wall, is where he's chosen to become the figure that he so admires, the black American expatriate.
All descriptions provided by the publishers.