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This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone (2019)

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Call number: PS 8609 L336 T48 2019 (Webster Library)

Summary: Among the ashes of a dying world, an agent of the Commandant finds a letter. It reads: Burn before reading. Thus begins an unlikely correspondence between two rival agents hellbent on securing the best possible future for their warring factions. Now, what began as a taunt, a battlefield boast, grows into something more. Something epic. Something romantic. Something that could change the past and the future. Except the discovery of their bond would mean death for each of them.

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The Witch King by H. E. Edgmon (2021)

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Call number: PS 3605 D486 W58 (Webster Library)

Summary: Wyatt, a transgender witch, hides in the human world after he loses control of his magic; but his fiancé, Emyr, a fae prince, is at risk of losing his throne if he does not find and marry Wyatt.In Asalin, fae rule and witches don't. Wyatt's betrothal to his best friend, fae prince Emyr North, was supposed to change that. But after Wyatt lost control of his magic, he fled to the human world. Now a coldly distant Emyr has hunted him down. Despite transgender Wyatt's newfound identity and troubling past, Emyr has no intention of dissolving their engagement. In fact, he claims they must marry now or risk losing the throne. As Wyatt realizes the boy he once loved may still exist, he must decide once and for all what's more important: his people or his freedom.

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Swimming in the Monsoon Sea by Shyam Selvadurai (2005)

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Call number: PS 8587 E28S95 2005 (Webster Library)

Summary: Although life for Amrith in 1980 Sri Lanka seems rather uneventful and orderly, things change in a hurry when his male cousin arrives from Canada and Amrith finds himself completely enamored with his new visitor. The setting is Sri Lanka, 1980, and it is the season of monsoons. Fourteen-year-old Amrith is caught up in the life of the cheerful, well-to-do household in which he is being raised by his vibrant Auntie Bundle and kindly Uncle Lucky. He tries not to think of his life before, when his doting mother was still alive. Amrith's holiday plans seem unpromising: he wants to appear in his school's production of Othello and he is learning to type at Uncle Lucky's tropical fish business. Then, like an unexpected monsoon, his cousin arrives from Canada and Amrith's ordered life is storm-tossed. He finds himself falling in love with the Canadian boy. Othello, with its powerful theme of disastrous jealousy, is the backdrop to the drama in which Amrith finds himself immersed. Shyam Selvadurai's brilliant novels, Funny Boy and Cinnamon Gardens, have garnered him international acclaim. In this, his first young adult novel, he explores first love with clarity, humor, and compassion.

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Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo (2019)

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Call number: PR 6055 V25G57 2019 (Webster Library)

Summary: Girl, Woman, Other follows the lives and struggles of twelve very different characters. Mostly women, black and British, they tell the stories of their families, friends and lovers, across the country and through the years. Joyfully polyphonic and vibrantly contemporary, this is a gloriously new kind of history, a novel of our times: celebratory, ever-dynamic and utterly irresistible.

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Less by Andrew Sean Greer (2017)

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Call number: PS3557.R3987 L47 2017 (Webster Library)

Summary: Receiving an invitation to his ex-boyfriend's wedding, Arthur, a failed novelist on the eve of his fiftieth birthday, embarks on an international journey that finds him falling in love, risking his life, reinventing himself, and making connections with the past. "Who says you can't run away from your problems? You are a failed novelist about to turn fifty. A wedding invitation arrives in the mail: your boyfriend of the past nine years is engaged to someone else. You can't say yes-it would be too awkward-and you can't say no-it would look like defeat. On your desk are a series of invitations to half-baked literary events around the world. QUESTION: How do you arrange to skip town? ANSWER: You accept them all. What would possibly go wrong? Arthur Less will almost fall in love in Paris, almost fall to his death in Berlin, barely escape to a Moroccan ski chalet from a Saharan sandstorm, accidentally book himself as the (only) writer-in-residence at a Christian Retreat Center in Southern India, and encounter, on a desert island in the Arabian Sea, the last person on Earth he wants to face. Somewhere in there: he will turn fifty. Through it all, there is his first love. And there is his last. Because, despite all these mishaps, missteps, misunderstandings and mistakes, Less is, above all, a love story. 

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Little Fish by Casey Plett and Susan Safyan (2018)

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Call number: PS 8631 L48 L58 2018 (Webster Library)

Summary: Wendy Reimer is a thirty-year-old trans woman in Winnipeg who comes across evidence that her late grandfather, a devout Mennonite farmer, might have been transgender as well. At first she dismisses the revelation, but as she and her friends struggle to cope with the challenges of their increasingly volatile lives Wendy is drawn to the lost pieces of her grandfather's past.

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Johnny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead (2018)

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Call number: PS 8645 H5498 J66 2018 (Webster Library)

Summary: Off the rez and trying to find ways to live and love in the big city, Jonny Appleseed, a young Two-Spirit/Indigiqueer, becomes a cybersex worker who fetishizes himself in order to make a living. Jonny's world is a series of breakages, appendages, and linkages - and as he goes through the motions of preparing to return home for his step-father's funeral, he learns how to put together the pieces of his life. Jonny Appleseed is a unique, shattering vision of Indigenous life, full of grit, glitter, and dreams.

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Love After the End: An Anthology of Two-Spirit & Indigiqueer Speculative Fiction by Joshua Whitehead (2020)


Summary: A bold and breathtaking anthology of queer Indigenous speculative fiction, edited by the author of Jonny Appleseed. This exciting and groundbreaking fiction anthology showcases a number of new and emerging 2SQ (Two-Spirit and queer) Indigenous writers from across Turtle Island. These visionary authors show how queer Indigenous communities can bloom and thrive through Utopian narratives that detail the vivacity and strength of 2SQness throughout its plight in the maw of settler colonialism's histories. Here, readers will discover bioengineered AI rats, transplanted trees in space, the rise of a 2SQ resistance camp, a primer on how to survive Indigiqueerly, virtual reality applications, mother ships at sea, and the very bending of space-time continuums queered through NDN time. Love after the End demonstrates the imaginatively queer Two-Spirit futurisms we have all been dreaming of since 1492.

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Third & Heaven by Ben Patrick Johnson (2005)

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Call number: PS 3610 O323 T48 2005 (Webster Library)

Summary: Each Sunday, Third and Heaven, a little diner in West Hollywood, California, plays host to four friends who over breakfast counsel, console, encourage, mock, outrage and otherwise make each of their lives worth living. Over the course of a year, their friendship remains the one constant as porn stars are dated, Thanksgiving dinners are ruined, stalkers are served restraining orders, exes are spied on, gowns are assembled in late-night sewing bees, apartments are painted and bail is posted. No matter what happens, each of them knows the other three will be there, waiting to dish in the corner booth at Third and Heaven.

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