LGBTQ+ Experiences | Fiction Previews, Feb. 2021, Pt. 4 | Prepub Alert

Four rising-star authors explore LGBTQ+ lives today.

Deabler, Justin. Lone Stars. St. Martin’s. Feb. 2021. 304p. ISBN 9781250256102. $27.99. LGBTQ

When his husband asks Julian Warner what he’ll tell their son about his family, Julian recalls four generations of Texans in a story moving from cover of Deabler's Lone StarsEisenhower's immigration border raids and love during the Vietnam War to gays emerging from the closet and traveling to Cambridge and New York—all the way up to Obama's second term. From the General Counsel at Queens Public Library.

Peters, Torrey. Detransition, Baby. One World: Random. Feb. 2021. ISBN 9780593133378. $27. LITERARY

A good-enough job, a New York City apartment, and a loving relationship—Reese has more than previous generations of trans women could ever have expected, though she still wants a child. But then girlfriend Amy decides to detransition to Ames, and their lives spin out of control. A trans woman writer’s debut novel following two fan-favorite novellas.

Purnell, Brontez. 100 Boyfriends. MCD/FSG Originals. Feb. 2021. 192p. ISBN 9780374538989. pap. $15. GAY

Underground writer, filmmaker, dancer, musician, performance artist, Whiting Award winner, one of the New York Times Magazine’s “32 Black Male Writers of Our Time”—Purnell has it all, and a new novel to boot. His queer characters move from the warehouses and upscale bars of Oakland to Alabama’s farm towns, trying not to sabotage themselves. With a 25,000-copy first printing.

Salih, Zak. Let's Get Back to the Party. Algonquin. Feb. 2021. 288p. ISBN 9781616209575. $25.95. GAY

In the year between the 2015 Supreme Court ruling regarding same-sex marriage and the 2016 Pulse nightclub massacre, estranged childhood friends Oscar and Sebastian meet as adults in Washington, DC. In alternating chapters, Oscar decries the death of queer culture and high school teacher Sebastian marvels at a student who is totally comfortable with being out and proud. A debuter seen in the Millions, the Rumpus, and more.

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Barbara Hoffert

Barbara Hoffert (, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Book Review; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president of the National Book Critics Circle, to which she has just been reelected.

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