My novel The Nowhere proudly features a gay protagonist with his coming to terms with his sexuality a focal point to the coming-of-age narrative. This aspect to the novel is nothing new to literature, offering an outsider’s perspective that lends to a story. It heightens the intrigue for some while making it relatable to many – after all, we’re all outsiders in one way or another.I’ve pulled a selection of must-read novels with gay protagonists that have each been influential in their own way. Time to get reading!
This funny yet poignant story of love, marriage and betrayal will transport you through the suburbs of America to the backstreets of Bangladesh.
Told through the eyes of Clay, a young man who comes home from college for Christmas, Less than Zero is as fast-paced and addictive as the lifestyles its characters lead. Set in Los Angeles in the early 1980s, Bret Easton Ellis was only an 18-year-old himself when he penned this raw, honest and in many ways emotionless debut.