5 Gay Novels to Watch Out For

Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman (21 Sep 2017)
call me by your name
Now a major motion picture from the makers of A Bigger Splash.

During a restless summer on the Italian Riviera, a powerful romance blooms between seventeen-year-old Elio and his father’s house guest, Oliver. Unrelenting currents of obsession and fear, fascination and desire threaten to overwhelm the lovers who at first feign indifference to the charge between them. What grows from the depths of their souls is a romance of scarcely six weeks’ duration, and an experience that marks them for a lifetime. For what the two discover on the Riviera and during a sultry evening in Rome is the one thing they both already fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy.

The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollinghurst (Oct 5, 2017)
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In October 1940, the handsome young David Sparsholt arrives in Oxford. A keen athlete and oarsman, he at first seems unaware of the effect he has on others – particularly on the lonely and romantic Evert Dax, son of a celebrated novelist and destined to become a writer himself. While the Blitz rages in London, Oxford exists at a strange remove: an ephemeral, uncertain place, in which nightly blackouts conceal secret liaisons. Over the course of one momentous term, David and Evert forge an unlikely friendship that will colour their lives for decades to come . . .
Alan Hollinghurst’s masterly new novel evokes the intimate relationships of a group of friends bound together by art, literature and love across three generations. It explores the social and sexual revolutions of the most pivotal years of the past century, whose life-changing consequences are still being played out to this day. Richly observed, disarmingly witty and emotionally charged, The Sparsholt Affair is an unmissable achievement from one of our finest writers.

Infidels by Abdellah Taia (9 Nov 2017)
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Infidels follows the life of Jallal, the son of a prostitute witch doctor. As a ten-year-old sidekick to his mother, Jallal spits in the face of her enemies both real and imagined. The cast of characters that rush into their lives are unforgettable for their dreams of love and belonging that unravel in turn. Built as a series of monologues that are emotionally relentless – a mix of confession, heart’s murmuring, and shouting match – the book follows Jallal out of boyhood on the path to Jihad. It’s a path that surprises even him.

The Night Language by David Rocklin (30 Nov 2017)
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The Night Language tells the story of a young man, Prince Alamayou of Abyssinia (present day Ethiopia), who is taken from his home and the Abyssinian war to the court of Queen Victoria―a world he knows nothing about.

With him is Philip Layard, a young apprentice to one of the doctors on the battlefield in Abyssinia, who becomes Alamayou’s guardian, only friend, and eventually, the love of his life. When Parliament accuses Alamayou of murder, the young prince is sentenced to return to Abyssinia, where he will be executed.

His only hope comes from the very thing that cannot be uttered: the unexpected and forbidden love between Alamayou and Philip.

Inspired by true events, The Night Language is a unique novel of love, loss, and the consequences of repressive societies.

An Absent God by Vincent Wilde (7 Dec 2017)
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Rodney Jessup, a pious presidential candidate, hires detective Cody Harper to find out who is threatening him and his family. When Cody arrives at Jessup’s palatial estate in Virginia, he meets Tony Vargas, Jessup’s bodyguard, and the two realize an immediate connection. As Cody and Tony’s attraction heats up, the killer circles closer to Jessup. With the help of Desdemona, Cody’s gorgeous cross-dressing persona, Cody intends to close this case quickly and throw the perpetrator in prison. But can things really be that easy? Or is there much more to this case than meets the beautifully mascaraed eye?

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Kiss My Boots by Harper Sloan

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Blurb:

In this second of the sultry, Western-set Coming Home series from New York Times bestselling author Harper Sloan, Quinn Davis might finally have a shot at her own happily-ever-after—but will she let love in, or will she tell it to go ahead and kiss her boots?

Quinn Davis prefers to live her life quietly. She’s the stereotypical tomboy with two overprotective big brothers who have always been there to protect her, especially from devilishly handsome cowboys with silver tongues. That is, until Tate Montgomery comes riding into town. Their first meeting, however, is far from something out of a fairy tale and only further convinces Quinn that men aren’t worth her time.

The only place Tate Montgomery ever truly felt at home growing up was during the long, sweltering summer months he spent at his Gram and Paw’s farm in Pine Oak, Texas. Now, Tate has returned to his childhood sanctuary seeking a fresh start—but if he’s being entirely honest, he’s not just back for the wranglers and Stetsons. During those summers, Quinn was a friend-turned-young-love who Tate lost when life threw him a curveball and he cut all ties to his past; but all it takes is one glance at the raven-haired beauty he did his best to forget for him to realize just how much he’s been missing….

Review:

Wow just wow I LOVED Quinn’s story. It was a “I can’t put this book down” kind of book and I flew through it. This is a second chance book and normally there not my favourite type of books but yeah this was the bomb!

Quinn is a sassy not afraid to tell you how it is leading lady and I’m a sucker for these. Tate is a Hot, sexy doctor who knows what he wants and it’s time to get it. Like the first in the series The Lost Rider this book has great secondary characters that make the story so great!

Kiss My Boots is a must read, you won’t regret it!

Brilliant Book Titles #147

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Blurb:
Alice Walker sums up the premise and purpose for this year of poems in her Preface: I was born into a family of eight siblings. I am the youngest. Five of us have died. I share losses, health concerns, and other challenges common to the human condition, especially in these times of war, poverty, environmental devastation, and greed that is quite beyond the most creative imagination. Sometimes it all feels a bit too much to bear….I have learned to dance. Alice Walker is beloved for her ability to speak her own truth in ways that speak for and about countless others. Here she confronts personal and collective challenges in words that dance, sing, and heal. Readers of these remarkable poems will find comfort and camaraderie and get a joy-filled dancing lesson.

Brilliant Book Titles #146

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You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.

Blurb:
Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When they meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the two loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special kind of friendship–the kind of friendship that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through their friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves–and about the kind of people they want to be.

Concourse by Santino Hassell

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Seriously, is there anything that Santino Hassell can’t do? There hasn’t been a single bad book in the Five Boroughs series, and Concourse is the newest and longest of the series so far.

Ashton is a party boy, Instagram star, model, and paid to appear at clubs. He’s vacous and he knows it. The only real thing in his life is his friend Val, son of Ashton’s nanny. Val is an amateur boxer and is not in Ashton’s world at all, unless he’s picking him up drunk from some party, or saving him from some rich lech.

I loved the pair of them, seriously. The strain on the relationship later in the book, due to a secret, for a second I thought it wouldn’t be enough, but given Ashton, and who he is, it works perfectly.

Goddamn, I really, really want a Five Boroughs TV series. I would personally set my Netflix to just loop it over and over. You can read this on its own, but do yourself a favour and read them in order! Can’t wait for the release of Citywide in November which is a Five Boroughs anthology (!!!) of three novellas (!!!). Be still my book-loving heart.

5 Family Sagas to Watch Out For

A Winter Love Song by Rita Bradshaw (21 Sep 2017)
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A Winter Love Song is a heartwarming and moving story of survival and love from bestselling author Rita Bradshaw.

Bonnie Lindsay is born into a travelling fair community in the north-east in 1918, and when her mother dies just months later Bonnie’s beloved father becomes everything to her. Then, at the tender age of ten years old, disaster strikes. Heartbroken, Bonnie’s left at the mercy of her embittered grandmother and her lecherous step-grandfather.

Five years later, the events of one terrible night cause Bonnie to flee to London, where she starts to earn her living as a singer. She changes her name and cuts all links with the past.

Time passes. Bonnie falls in love, but just when she dares to hope for a rosy future, World War II is declared. She does her bit for the war effort, singing for the troops and travelling to Burma to boost morale, but heartache and pain are just around the corner, and she begins to ask herself if she will ever find happiness again?

Molly’s Christmas Orphans by Carol Rivers (19 Oct 2017)
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From the Sunday Times and ebook bestselling author of A Wartime Christmas comes a gritty saga about love, loss and keeping family together.

1940. Molly Swift, at 27, has already suffered the tragic loss of her two-year-old daughter Emily, to the flu outbreak of 1935. Now she waits for news of her shopkeeper husband Ted, who volunteered at the outbreak of war, for the British Expeditionary Forces.

Molly is intent on running the general store with the help of her retired father, Bill Keen and ex-proprietor of the business. But after the building is hit during a bombing raid and Bill is severly injured, Molly faces difficult times. Alone in the hospital corridor as Bill is treated, Molly tries to keep positive. But the Blitz is well underway and she is forced to take shelter in the hospital’s basement. It’s here, as the bombs fall around docklands, that Molly meets Andy Miller and his two young children, Evie and Mark. An unlikely friendship begins as Molly offers the homeless group safe lodgings for the following night, and soon their lives are entwined, bringing unexpected joy and heartache for them all.

Highland Sisters by Anne Douglas (26 Oct 2017)
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When Lorne Malcolm runs away on her wedding day, her sister Rosa’s life is turned upside down.

1910. It’s the morning of beautiful eighteen-year-old Lorne Malcolm’s wedding to handsome Daniel MacNeil, but when her older sister Rosa returns from a trip to the flower shop, Lorne has disappeared.

A shocked Rosa, her father, Greg, and Daniel must come to terms with the fact that Lorne has run off to Ireland with wealthy landowner’s son, Rory Thain. Jilted on his wedding day, a devastated Daniel turns to Rosa for comfort. Despite her initial misgivings, Rosa’s feelings for Daniel grow and the pair are soon married. But have Daniel’s feelings for Lorne really gone away? Can the newly married couple put the past behind them? Rosa may seem to be embarking on a bright new future, but she will have to deal with tragedy and heartbreak on her own road to happiness.

Shattered Memories by V C Andrews (31 Oct 2017)
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In this finale of the darkly gothic Mirror Sisters trilogy, one twin fears her reunion with sister dearest–from the legendary New York Times bestselling author of Flowers in the Attic and My Sweet Audrina (now Lifetime movies). For fans of Ruth Ware (The Woman in Cabin 10) and Liane Moriarty (Big Little Lies).

They share an unbreakable bond…

An inescapable bond.

As identical twins, Haylee and Kaylee Fitzgerald have always done things in exactly the same way. Under their mother’s guidance their every outfit, every meal, and every thought was identical.

But now things are different.

With Kaylee back at home after her sister’s betrayal, her life has been turned inside out. Both her mother and Haylee are away and Kaylee’s alone and more lost than ever. Her father suggests going to a new school where she can have a fresh start, and where no one will know about her dark past. But if Kaylee knows her sister at all, she knows that her twin isn’t through with her yet…

A Sister’s Bond by Kay Brelland (2 Nov 2017)
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North London, November 1913. The storm clouds of war gather overhead, while one brave girl fights to save her family . . .

After her mother dies, Livvie Bone knows it’s down to her to support her family and protect her younger siblings from their drunken father. But life in Wood Green in 1913 is hard and full of danger, and one night she needs protection herself. When the mysterious Joe Hunter steps in to help her, Livvie can’t help but be drawn to him in spite of his unsavoury reputation.

Then Livvie is offered the chance to work at the Barratt’s Sweet Factory. Suddenly she has a chance to better herself – and to offer her family a way out. Livvie’s fragile beauty hides a formidable strength of character, and it doesn’t take long for the factory manager, Lucas, to notice her. He is a man of the world, a sophisticated, compelling character and he can open doors to the kind of life Livvie has only dreamed of. But time is running out, for war is approaching, sweeping everything and everyone up in its remorseless path.

What will Livvie choose – and who will come back to her when the fighting ends?

 

But You Did Not Come Back by Marcelline Loridan-Ivens

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In 1944, at the age of 15, Marceline Loridan-Ivens was arrested in occupied France, along with her father. They were sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau and forcibly separated.

Although he managed to smuggle a note to her-they never spoke again.

But you did not Come Back is Marceline’s letter to the father she would never know as an adult- almost a love-letter

This book is heart breaking-and raw. It is simply, but brilliantly written. Each sentence has the capacity to move you. The story is one of survival-but also one of suffering. Everyone who survived the Prison camps– and even some who never went there- were scarred

This book demands to be published, to be read, to be talked about. A book about pain and suffering, about cruelty and humanity, about grief and love. But You Did Not Come Back is an exquisitely written, beautifully translated and unwaveringly honest testimony; a story we will all do well never to forget. Lest we forget. Definitely recommended.

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Brilliant Book Titles #145

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Blurb:

Teenager Sexton Furnival is contemplating suicide when he is befriended by death. Death herself is being hunted by evil forces which prey on her new vulnerability now that she is human. Meanwhile, Mad Hettie threatens to kill Death’s suicidal friend if Death won’t help her find her heart.

Brilliant Book Titles #144

sex drugs
You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.

Blurb:
Now in paperback after six hardback printings, the “damn funny…wild collection of bracingly intelligent essays about topics that aren’t quite as intelligent as Chuck Klosterman” (Esquire).

Following the success of Fargo Rock City, Klosterman, a senior writer at Spin magazine, is back with a hilarious and savvy manifesto for a youth gone wild on pop culture and media, taking on everything from Guns’n’Roses tribute bands to Christian fundamentalism to internet porn.

“Maddeningly smart and funny” – Washington Post