This post is inspired by The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle by Matt Cain, a delightful book I had the opportunity to read and review recently.
Pride month is over, the stores have taken down their rainbow banners, and companies have reverted from their ROYGBIV-inspired logos. But that doesn’t mean PRIDE is over, or that allies of the LGBTQ-community should step back and quietly move on. Queer representation in literature, as well as READING that literature, remains important both to LGBTQ+ persons, and the wider audience in a world where queer rights are still challenged.
Here are some PROUD books to continue reading throughout the year:
The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle by Matt Cain: a gentle tale of a 65-year-old gay man finally coming out to himself and the world.
“But somewhere deep inside, he knew that carrying on as normal was no longer an option.”Matt Cain
When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain by Nghi Vo: widely lauded for featuring non-binary and non-heteronormative characters, I love how naturally Chih’s narrative is written using they/them pronouns.
Camp by Lev A.C. Rosen: this is a fun YA book about a summer camp for queer youth. Although the characters are waaaay younger than I am, I really enjoyed it, even with all its teenage drama.
On the Enemy’s Side by Hamour Baika: a forbidden love in Iran between a prison guard and a political prisoner, this is a shocking story.
War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi: a futuristic Nigeria, featuring bad-ass girl soldiers, unreliable narratives, sisterhood, and unchallenged same-sex relationships that seamlessly blend with the rest of the story arcs.
“That is the power of a diverse book: You can change everything for one kid, and you create empathy in 100 more.”Kelsey W., LibGuides