At Swim, Two Boys
At Swim, Two Boys (2001) is a novel by Irish writer Jamie O’Neill. Set in Dublin before and during the 1916 Easter Rising, At Swim, Two Boys tells the love story of two young Irish men: Jim Mack and Doyler Doyle.
”Brokeback Mountain” is a short story by American author Annie
Proulx. Two young men who meet in Wyoming in 1963 forge a sudden emotional and sexual attachment, but soon part ways. As their separate lives play out with marriages, children and jobs, they reunite for brief liaisons on camping trips in remote settings over the course of the next 20 years.
Middlesex is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Jeffrey Eugenides published in 2002. Narrator and protagonist Cal Stephanides (initially called “Callie”) is a hermaphrodite man of Greek descent. The first half of the novel is about Cal’s family and their assimilation into American society. The latter half of the novel focuses on Cal’s experiences in his hometown Detroit, Michigan, and his escape to San Francisco where he comes to terms with his modified gender identity.
Angels In America
Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes is the 1993 Pulitzer Prize winning play in two parts by American playwright Tony Kushner. The 7 hour long play introduces a cast of characters in New York, 1985 at the height of the AIDS crisis and follows their personal development through a symbolic and biblical landscape
The Hours is a 1998 Pulitzer winning novel written by Michael Cunningham. The book concerns three generations of women affected by a Virginia Woolf novel.The first is Woolf herself writing Mrs. Dalloway in 1923 and struggling with her own mental illness. The second is Mrs. Brown, wife of a World War II veteran, who is reading Mrs. Dalloway in 1949 as she plans her husband’s birthday party. The third is Clarissa Vaughan, a lesbian, who plans a party in 2001 to celebrate a major literary award received by her good friend and former lover, the poet Richard, who is dying of AIDS.
The Line of Beauty
The Line of Beauty is a 2004 Booker Prize-winning novel by Alan Hollinghurst. Set in Britain in the early to mid-1980s, the story surrounds the young gay protagonist, Nick Guest, who has come down from Oxford with a first in English and is to begin graduate studies at University College London.