Popular Gay Fiction

Looking for a good book with gay characters? Here's a list of some of the best contemporary gay novels. With diverse characters and settings that span the globe – from the romantic Riviera to rural China to the dive bars of NYC – there's something here to appeal to every reader. All of these titles are found in the Adult Fiction section unless otherwise noted.


Aciman, André. Call Me By Your Name. 2007.

Beck, Timothy James. When You Don't See Me. 2007.

Bellatin, Mario. Beauty Salon. 2009.

Ben Jelloun, Tahar. Leaving Tangier. 2009.

Black, Daniel. Perfect Peace. 2010.

Chin, Alan. The Lonely War. 2009.

Cunningham, Michael. By Nightfall. 2010.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eAudiobook

Dermot, Amber. The Starboard Sea. 2012.

Fallenberg, Evan. When We Danced on Water. 2011.

Ford, Michael Thomas. Changing Tides. 2007.

Francis, David. Stray Dog Winter. 2008.

Gadol, Peter. Light at Dusk. 2000.

Galgut, Damon. In a Strange Room. 2010.

Hannaham, James. God Says No. 2009.

Hoffman, Wayne. Sweet Like Sugar. 2011.

Holleran, Andrew. Grief. 2006.

Hollinghurst, Alan. The Stranger’s Child. 2011.
     Also available: CD

House, Tom. The Beginning of Calamities. 2003.

Irving, John. In One Person. 2012.

Kelly, Christopher. A Push and a Shove. 2007.

Leung, Brian. Lost Men. 2007.

Linmark, R. Zamora. Leche. 2011.

Lowenthal, Michael. Avoidance. 2002.

Magruder, James. Sugarless. 2009.

Mann, William. Object of Desire. 2009.

Maupin, Armistead. Michael Tolliver Lives. 2007.
     Also available: eBook

McCauley, Stephen. Insignificant Others. 2010.

McFarland, Dennis. Letter from Point Clear. 2007.

Mendicino, Tom. Probation. 2010.

Merlis, Mark. Man about Town. 2003.

Newton, Heather. Under the Mercy Trees. 2011. (Adult Paperback-Oversize N).

Olshan, Joseph. The Conversion. 2008.

Russell, Paul. The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov. 2011.

Smith, Bob. Remembrance of Things I Forgot. 2011.

Spanbauer, Tom. Now Is the Hour. 2006.

Stuart, Sebastian. The Hour Between. 2009.

Thomas, Lee. The German. 2011.

Tóibín, Colm. The Master. 2004.
     Also available: CD

Torres, Justin. We the Animals. 2011.
     Also available: CD

Truong, Monique. The Book of Salt. 2003.

White, Edmund. Jack Holmes and His Friend. 2012.