Best queer fiction

I wonder what readers will conclude when they see The Mysteries of Pittsburgh on a list of my favorite queer fiction and not, say, E.M. Forster’s Maurice. Reading a certain book at the right time can excuse an array of aesthetic shortcomings. I rejected David Leavitt’s The Lost Language of Crane (too diffuse; prefer his short stories), James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room (too portentous; prefer his essays), and Maurice (too sentimental; prefer when he wrote about aunts, India, and manor houses). Garth Greenwell’s superb What Belongs to You is the most recent entry. I need more.

In no order:

1. Virginia Woolf – Orlando
2. Christopher Isherwood – A Single Man
3. Alan Hollinghurst – The Line of Beauty
4. Gertrude Stein – Melanctha
5. Michael Chabon – The Mysteries of Pittsburgh
6. William Maxwell – The Folded Leaf
7. Henry James – The Bostonians
8. John Cheever – Stories
9. Edmund White – The Married Man
10. Robert Musil – The Confusions of Young Törless
11. Jean Genet – Our Lady of the Flowers
12. Mary Renault – The Persian Boy
13. Willa Cather – The Professor’s House
14. Armistead Maupin – Tales of the City
15. T.E. Lawrence – Seven Pillars of Wisdom
16. Oscar Wilde – The Picture of Dorian Gray
17. Thomas Mann – Tonio Kroger
18. Garth Greenwell – What Belongs to You
19. Sarah Waters – Fingersmith
20. Colm Toibin- The Master
21. Ursula K. Le Guin – The Left Hand of Darkness

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