Literate DLers! What are your favorite novels for summer reading?
My favorite - I read them every-other summer- is the Mapp and Lucia series - E.F. Benson's magnum opus. (more than one novel but a matchless and seamless series that represents the pinnacle of harmless but arch and revelatory gay campery.)
This is my off year. What do you suggest for my reading as a sit under the umbrella at the beach, lounge by the pool, stretch out on the patio, and sit on the veranda in the evening as the whipporwills plead?
I recommend Katherine Boo's "Behind the Beautiful Forevers", OP. It's non-fiction about the horrors of India, but it certainly reads like a novel.
My other recommendations? Erudite science fiction and fantasy: Iain M. Banks, Doris Lessing, Clark Ashton Smith, Steve Aylett, Stanislaw Lem, Italo Calvino, Angela Carter, and Tanith Lee. Any novel or short story from the authors on that list will do.
A Separate Peace
"Shipping News" Annie Proulx, an oldie but a great read.
For summer at the shore?
Anyone of Robert Parker's Spenser novels.
Also Jim Butcher's Dresden files series.
Not to be overlooked any gay novels you can find with good looking men on the cover.
(I can't read anything serious at the shore)
"Call Me By Your Name" - Andre Aciman
"The Pilgrim Hawk" - Glenway Wescott (novella)
I like Nancy Mitford's books "Pursuit of Love" and "Love in a Cold Climate". Fun frothy reading.
Any of Stephen McCauley's novels are perfect gay summer reads.
alan hollingsworth. hot gay stuff.
Leave Myself Behind - Bart Yates
Staggerford - Jon Hassler
The Glass Castle - Jeannette Walls
The Magician's Assistant - Ann Patchett