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A Listmania! list by cdset "cdset" (Saylorsburg, PA United States)
 
At Swim, Two Boys: A Novel
1.  At Swim, Two Boys: A Novel by Jamie O'Neill
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  "A modern classic: Lyrical, beautifully crafted, heartbreaking novel of the relationship of two Irish lads leading up to the Easter rebellion and beyond. Powerful...A Masterpiece."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Distance Between Us
2.  The Distance Between Us by Bart Yates
The list author says:
  "Devastatingly brilliant with unflinching insight and dark, scathing humor. It's "Long Day's Journey into Night" as written by Noel Coward with a little Hawthorne thrown in for good measure.(It's no accident that the main character's name is Hester Parker, and that her husband's name is "A"rthur.) Yates has become an expert in the "dark" comedy of manners genre."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Call Me by Your Name: A Novel
3.  Call Me by Your Name: A Novel by Andre Aciman
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  "Psychologically astute, penetrating novel exploring our often conflicting perceptions of others' verbal and non-verbal cues, the opposing emotions that reside within us (i.e.desire/fear), and how others affect our identities. Aciman's stream of consciousness style produces prose of passionate intensity and reflective, acute insight. A dazzling, albeit melancholy, work of art."
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The Folded Leaf
4.  The Folded Leaf by William Maxwell
The list author says:
  "Superbly crafted, understated prose highlights this poignant, affecting novel of rootlessness, navigating life's "grand obstacle race", and seeking out meaning and the elusive truth about relationships that hides from one's gaze. Rarely have I encountered such finely tuned, insightful writing."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You: A Novel
5.  Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You: A Novel by Peter Cameron
The list author says:
  "Cameron's bleak view of humanity juxtaposed with sardonic wit inform this brilliant novel of  one teen ager's fear of looming adulthood and struggle to stay connected with the world. Cameron's razor sharp prose takes aim at conformity, suburbia, academia and the sheer randomness of life and what many must do to survive in it."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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Through It Came Bright Colors
6.  Through It Came Bright Colors by Trebor Healey
The list author says:
  "A stunning, shattering poetic narrative about the search for truth and coping with grief & loss Its images and prose will leave you breathless.Healey is among the best writers of his generation."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Dream Boy: A Novel
7.  Dream Boy: A Novel by Jim Grimsley
The list author says:
  "With tender, lyrical and poetic prose, he powerfully captures the bliss of intimacy and belonging and the blur of past memories impinging upon the present. A disarming novel that pierces the heart."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)

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While England Sleeps
8.  While England Sleeps by David Leavitt
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  "Finely etched characters and vivid, passionate writing inform Leavitt's heartwrenching novel of the terrible consequences of betrayal and cowardice. I am in awe of his sharp, fluid prose."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Rough Music (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
9.  Rough Music (Ballantine Reader's Circle) by Patrick Gale
The list author says:
  "Exquisite novel of family dynamics, the interweaving of past and present, and the inadequacy of language as a means of emotional expression."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

The Same Embrace: A Novel
10.  The Same Embrace: A Novel by Michael Lowenthal
The list author says:
  "Moving, sensitive novel of estranged twin brothers. Take a keen note of Lowenthal's masterful use of the English language, especially his vivid metaphors and similes."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

The Bell (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)
11.  The Bell (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics) by Iris Murdoch
The list author says:
  "Iris Murdoch's penetrating meditation on good and evil as members of a lay community attempt to overcome their human imperfections and strive toward a religious life- with little success."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

Ballad Of The Sad Cafe
12.  Ballad Of The Sad Cafe by Carson McCullers
The list author says:
  "Haunting, poetic novella about  unrequited love and loneliness. McCullers' lucid prose cuts right to the heart. Tennesee Williams considered this novella "among the masterpieces of our language.""
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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The Year of Ice: A Novel
13.  The Year of Ice: A Novel by Brian Malloy
The list author says:
  "Hilarious, thought provoking coming of age novel. Perceptive, gay teenage angst. You will be rolling on the floor."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)

King of Cats
14.  King of Cats by Blake Fraina
The list author says:
  "Tense, edgy prose drives these absorbing, emotionally-charged novellas exploring the hidden truth underneath the masks we wear and the balance of power in relationships. Brilliant and compelling."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

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The City of Your Final Destination
15.  The City of Your Final Destination by Peter Cameron
The list author says:
  "Cameron's elegant, insightful prose and wittily sardonic dialogue express the fragility and randomness of love: "like glass waiting to break".  Wicked jabs at the sterility of academia."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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Leap Year
16.  Leap Year by Peter Cameron
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  "Laugh-out-loud funny, hugely perceptive satire of love in the Big Apple. Immensely entertaining and keenly observed. Conveys the dizzying sense of life "rushing forward" without room for "tranquility""
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Middlesex: A Novel
17.  Middlesex: A Novel by Jeffrey Eugenides
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  "A superbly written account of Cal's search for and discovery of his/her gender identity. A tour de force of language that is both howlingly funny and poignantly intimate. A masterwork."
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Comfort and Joy
18.  Comfort and Joy by Jim Grimsley
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  ""Everything doesn't get said in words" summarizes the genius of Grimsley's poignant writing . The brilliance is in the non-verbal details where every expression or gesture conveys profound meaning."
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The Life and Adventures of Lyle Clemens
19.  The Life and Adventures of Lyle Clemens by John Rechy
The list author says:
  "Rechy's glowing prose enriches this funny,affecting novel that is an hilarious satire of TV Evangelists and Hollywood as well as a tale of an innocent's discovery of the harshness and cruelty of life."
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Half-Life: A Novel
20.  Half-Life: A Novel by Aaron Krach
The list author says:
  "Krach's breezy, comic style & insightful "interior conversations"  showcasing the characters' fears and insecurities highlight this engrossing novel about growing up and finding meaningful connections"
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Almost Like Being in Love: A Novel
21.  Almost Like Being in Love: A Novel by Steve Kluger
The list author says:
  "An unconventional novel ("A novel? With paragraphs? Me?") that is practically an encyclopedia of (gay) pop culture, is uproariously funny, and has "miles and miles of heart"."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)

Dry: A Memoir
22.  Dry: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs
The list author says:
  "Although not fictional, this finely written memoir reads like a novel. Replete with sharp, caustic, sardonic humor and heartbreaking self-insight. At once excruciatingly funny and profoundly sad."
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Clay's Way: A Novel
23.  Clay's Way: A Novel by Blair Mastbaum
The list author says:
  "One teenager's funny, frustrating,  painful and wonderfully rebellious journey of self discovery. Boldly captures the insecurites and heartaches of adolescent love."
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The Page Turner
24.  The Page Turner by David Leavitt
The list author says:
  "Witty and insightful novel of hopeful innocence yielding to cynicism/ youthful imaginings shattered by cold reality ("anticippointment"). "You've got  to accept that people will try to use you.'""
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2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

The Beauty of Men: A Novel
25.  The Beauty of Men: A Novel by Andrew Holleran
The list author says:
  "Depressing truth about gay men in the age of AIDS.....loaded with undeniable insight...expertly written"
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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The Aerodynamics of Pork
26.  The Aerodynamics of Pork by Patrick Gale
The list author says:
  "A prequel to "Rough Music". Sharp-edged wit with a heart. Replete with keenly observed, sharply detailed, and colorful characterizations and situations. Gale's writing is "bloody" brilliant."
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Leave Myself Behind
27.  Leave Myself Behind by Bart Yates
The list author says:
  "Superb, absorbing novel exploring the difficulty of communicating one's true feelings, and the fact that buried secrets will fester and destroy one's soul until they are revealed and released."
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The Brothers Bishop
28.  The Brothers Bishop by Bart Yates
The list author says:
  "The sardonic, caustic humor throughout this stunning novel made me laugh hysterically, but by the end, I was sobbing uncontrollably- so powerful is this novel of love, hate, guilt and lust."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

The Sweet Dove Died
29.  The Sweet Dove Died by Barbara Pym
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  "The vastly underrated novelist, Pym, is a master of the comedy of manners genre. Every word is  measured to perfect  sardonic, comic effect. The matter of factness of James' bisexuality is genius."
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Fifty Reasons to Say Goodbye - A Novel
30.  Fifty Reasons to Say Goodbye - A Novel by Nick Alexander
The list author says:
  "Never before have I read a novel that depicts gay male loneliness and isolation with such sensitivity, humor and pathos. The main character is so reallstically portrayed, one is profoundly moved."
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The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
31.  The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
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  "The English poet Dame Edith Sitwell called this novel the work of a great poet, and the novel's poetic smplicity, as well as its enormous humanity, shine forth from every page like "the long gold sun.""
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (487 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Never the Sinner
32.  Never the Sinner by John Logan
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  "This play of the story of Leopold and Loeb proves that intellect without heart and cold reason without compassion or humanity are futile, and more importantly, dangerous. I was both fascinated and revolted by them."
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Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent
33.  Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent by Anthony Rapp
The list author says:
  "Despite the uneven prose, Rapp's book is an intensely emotional, poignant reading experience. It is unlikey that you will ever read a more heartwrenching and honest memoir."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)

February House:  The Story of W. H. Auden, Carson McCullers, Jane and Paul Bowles, Benjamin Britten, and Gypsy Rose Lee, Under One Roof in Brooklyn
34.  February House: The Story of W. H. Auden, Carson McCullers, Jane and Paul Bowles, Benjamin Britten, and Gypsy Rose Lee, Under One Roof in Brooklyn by Sherill Tippins
The list author says:
  "Fascinating account of the inhabitants of a Bklyn brownstone, where some of the 20th century's greatest creative artists lived,  who were, not incidentally, mostly gay and bisexual."
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4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

Falconer
35.  Falconer by John Cheever
The list author says:
  "John Cheever's brilliantly written, insightful novel of one man's soul seraching and final redemption."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

A Separate Peace
36.  A Separate Peace by John Knowles
The list author says:
  "John Knowles' eloquent and incisive prose power this absorbing novel about the dark side of human nature, and the futility and glamorization of war. Although not gay themed in a strict sense, there are obvious gay undertones."
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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (932 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

The Phoenix
37.  The Phoenix by Ruth Sims
The list author says:
  "An engrossing, memorable gay historical love story/tragedy in the tradition of the writers Sims admires: Shakespeare and Hardy, lifted by witty prose and finely drawn, colorful characters. Kit and Nico will forever be emblazoned on my memory."
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Enduring Love: A Novel
38.  Enduring Love: A Novel by Ian McEwan
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  "A novel of obsession by the world's greatest living prose writer. The theme, like most of of Mcewan's intricate, elegant novels, revolves around an event that irrevocably changes the characters' lives and thier perceptions of the world."
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The Filly
39.  The Filly by Mark R. Probst
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  "Beautifully rendered, absorbing romance of the 'western' genre. Think of Willa Cather but with spare, understated prose. The characters are finely drawn, and the writing is vivid enough to stir the imagination."
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We Disappear: A Novel (P.S.)
40.  We Disappear: A Novel (P.S.) by Scott Heim
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  "Although the subject matter is grim, read this novel for the expert, exquisite prose. There are few writers who can match Heim's lyrical, compelling language. His haunting metaphors left me speechless."
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