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LGBTQ Historical Fiction

| Riverton Free Library

Nothing Sung and Nothing Spoken by Nita Tyndall
In World War II Berlin, under the shadow of the Nazi regime, a group of German girls become involved in the Swing Youth resistance movement.

Reader, I Murdered Him by Betsy Cornwell
A boarding school girl in Victorian London teams up with a roguish young con woman to deliver justice to violent men. With a queer romance at its heart, this lush historical thriller offers readers an irresistible mix of vengeance and empowerment.

Something Fabulous by Alexis Hall
Enjoy a witty romance featuring a reserved duke who's betrothed to one twin and hopelessly enamored of the other.

Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo
America in 1954 is not a safe place for two girls to fall in love, especially not in Chinatown. Red-Scare paranoia threatens everyone, including Chinese Americans like Lily. With deportation looming over her father – despite his hard-won citizenship – Lily and Kath risk everything to let their love see the light of day.

The Perks of Loving a Wallflower by Erica Ridley
As a master of disguise, Thomasina Wynchester can be a polite young lady – or a bawdy old man. She'll do whatever it takes to solve the cases her family takes on. But when Tommy's beautiful new client turns out to be the highborn lady she's secretly smitten with, more than her mission is at stake.

The Queer Principles of Kit Webb by Cat Sebastian
Kit Webb has left his stand-and-deliver days behind him. But dreary days at his coffee shop have begun to make him pine for the heady rush of thievery. When a handsome yet arrogant aristocrat storms into his shop, Kit quickly realizes he may be unable to deny whatever this highborn man desires.

Music from Another World by Robin Talley
It's summer 1977 and closeted lesbian Tammy Larson can't be herself anywhere –
not at her strict Christian high school, not at her conservative Orange County church, and certainly not at home where her ultra-religious aunt relentlessly organizes antigay political campaigns. Tammy's only outlet is writing secret letters in her diary to gay civil rights activist Harvey Milk...until she's matched with a real-life pen pal who changes everything.

Cantoras by Carolina de Robertis
In 1977 Uruguay, a military government crushed political dissent with ruthless force. In this environment, where the everyday rights of people are under attack, homosexuality is a dangerous transgression to be punished. And yet Romina, Flaca, Anita "La Venus," Paz, and Malena – five cantoras, women who "sing" – somehow, miraculously, find one another.

Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian
In 1989 New York City, Reza navigates relationships and coming out in the face of the AIDS crisis in this sprawling epic about friendship and love and the revolutionary act of living life to the fullest in the face of impossible odds.

Pulp by Robin Talley
In 1955, 18-year-old Janet Jones keeps the love she shares with her best friend Marie a secret. It's not easy being gay in Washington, DC, in the age of McCarthyism, but when she discovers a series of books about women falling in love with other women, it awakens something in Janet. As she juggles a romance she must keep hidden and a newfound ambition to write and publish her own story, she risks exposing herself – and Marie – to a danger all too real.

White Houses by Amy Bloom
Lorena Hickok meets Eleanor Roosevelt in 1932 while reporting on Franklin Roosevelt's first presidential campaign. Having grown up worse than poor in South Dakota and reinvented herself as the most prominent woman reporter in America, "Hick," as she's known to her friends and admirers, is not quite instantly charmed by the idealistic, patrician Eleanor. But then, as her connection with the future first lady deepens into intimacy, what begins as a powerful passion matures into a lasting love, and a life that Hick never expected to have.

Days Without End by Sebastian Barry
Thomas McNulty, aged barely 17 and having fled the Great Famine in Ireland, signs up for the U.S. Army in the 1850s. With his brother in arms, John Cole, Thomas goes on to fight in the Indian Wars – against the Sioux and the Yurok – and, ultimately, the Civil War. Orphans of terrible hardships themselves, the men find these days to be vivid and alive, despite the horrors they see and are complicit in. This is an intensely poignant story of two men and the makeshift family they create.

Passing Strange by Ellen Klages
San Francisco in 1940 is a haven for the unconventional. Six women find their lives as tangled with each other's as they are with the city they call home. They discover love and danger on the borders where magic, science and art intersect.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

The Absolutist by John Boyne
It is September 1919 and 21-year-old Tristan Sadler takes a train from London to Norwich to deliver a package of letters to the sister of Will Bancroft, the man he fought alongside during the Great War. But the letters are not the real reason for Tristan's visit. He can no longer keep a secret and has finally found the courage to unburden himself of it. The intensity of their bond brought Tristan happiness and self-discovery as well as confusion and unbearable pain.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
A tale of gods, kings, immortal fame, and the human heart, this book is a dazzling literary feat that brilliantly reimagines Homer's enduring masterwork, The Iliad. Although based in mythology, the central romance mirrors the real-life love story between Hephaestion and Alexander the Great.

Fellow Travelers by Thomas Mallon
This is a historical novel about the competing claims of faith, love and politics two men encounter when they begin a relationship during the McCarthy era.

At Swim, Two Boys by Jamie O’Neill
Set in Dublin 1916, this book tells the story of the love of two boys: Jim, a naive and reticent scholar and the younger son of the foolish aspiring shopkeeper Mr. Mack, and Doyler, the dark, rough-diamond son of Mr. Mack's old army pal.

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
Set in Victorian England, a con woman poses as a maid in a gentlewoman’s house, intending to steal her fortune. But plans go awry when she begins to care for her mark in unexpected ways.

Audience: Seniors Adult Emerging Adult
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